Metro-east city halls and other public locations will participate Thursday in the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer.
The Gateway National Day of Prayer Committee invited area residents to pray for government and officials at noon at city halls and public places.
U.S. President Harry Truman signed the bill in 1952 establishing the day, which is celebrated on the first Thursday in May.
This year several metro-east locations will participate, including: O'Fallon City Hall, Caseyville Village Hall, East St. Louis City Hall, Brooklyn City Hall, the St. Clair County Building and the old Cahokia Court House.
"Many Christians often pray for government and elected officials," said Mary Thurman, metro-east coordinator. "However, on this day, the National Day of Prayer team promotes coming outside of our own churches and homes to pray together. We pray for our leaders -- for protection and for guidance, for safety -- not for political agendas."