Long Branch: The third annual celebration of National Day of Prayer was coordinated by the Greater Long Branch Ministerium and Long Branch Urban Ministerium on Thursday at 7 a.m. at the Long Branch High School gymnasium.
Coordinator Dr. Gloria M. James thanked the Superintendent Michael Salvatore and the administrative board along with students, parents, family and friends for the assistance all had provided "for making this day a success."
Elder Carolyn Bennett welcomed the gathering and Long Branch Councilwoman Joy Bastelli offered the dedication, followed by the National Anthem lead by student Joelle Rosen.
Student David Brown gave explanation of the individual freedoms reflected in the Constitution, reading a quote from President Thomas Jefferson. The Day itself was created and signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1952, affirmed by the U.S. Congress. President Reagan set National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.
Students were led in prayer for Monmouth County and state leaders by Rebecca Adekunle and for the military by Quincy Sutherland.
Student Harrison Stone led a prayer for schools, administrators and teachers for providing and teaching respect, equality and justice to the children they guide.
Student Jaime Tirrell prayed on behalf of churches, ministries and families; Alyssa Julian on behalf of the government and law, city officials and our protectors: the police, fire, rescue and volunteers helping the community.
Lamar Bennett asked in prayer for the media and the arts, while Latrell Bennett led prayer for businesses and consumer services.
Assistant Superintendent of Schools Alan Freemen thanked the organizers and attendees for all they had accomplished in making the day an opportunity for sharing and coming together as a community.
Remarks by GLB President Dr. Robert Prescott-Ezickson brought the ceremony to a close as the school’s Jr. ROTC retired the Colors.