Day of Prayer holds special meaning
Putnam County was one of 35,000 communities across the U.S. to celebrate the National Day of Prayer.
Given the week’s events, the day had particular meaning. Thursday's observance at the Cornerstone Park in Carmel attracted 50 local residents, who not only prayed for the nation, governmental leaders, law enforcement, our armed forces, the State of Israel and families, but a special prayer was said for members of the Sullivan family who lost their lives earlier in the week in a tragic fire.
Dr. Patrick Delamere of Mahopac, one of the organizers of the Putnam Prayer Breakfast Committee, said his group had been meeting weekly for years to "pray for the challenges found on all levels of government."
When asked about Putnam's tragedy, Dr. Delamere said: "I reach out to God. When I get to heaven I'll find out why this horrific event has occurred. In the meantime, I ask God for mercy and for compassion for the remainder of the Sullivan family."
County Executive MaryEllen Odell agreed that the National Day of Prayer had taken on special meaning this year: "Now is the time to show the world what people in Putnam County are made of – to pray for Tommy, Donna and the two girls but most of all to pray for young Tommy."
Participants in the service included Jack Smoot, Cathy Cavanaugh, Denny Sant, Odell, Yoni Stadlin, Captain William McNamara, Sheriff Don Smith and the Rev. Rick Julian.
The National Day of Prayer was created in 1952 by a joint Act of Congress that was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.