Many people pray every day, but Thursday, everyone was encouraged to take part in the National Day of Prayer. An interfaith observance was held at the Four Freedoms monument at noon in Evansville. Faith leaders from the various Christian, as well as Jewish and Muslim, traditions gathered to offer prayers for our country. Mayor Weinzapfel also read a proclamation. Two Mater Dei High School students even took part and sung songs of patriotism. The Day of Prayer tradition dates back to 1795 when President George Washington issued a proclamation for a day of public thanksgiving and prayer. Then in 1952, President Truman marked the first official National Day of Prayer.