NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Groups across the community and the country gathered Thursday to bow their heads for the 66th annual National Day of Prayer.

The Salvation Army of Southern Indiana hosted the lunch hour gathering.

The nondenominational event gives groups from all walks of life a chance to come together in prayer. 

"One of the great things it does is brings a lot of different people together who wouldn't normally come together to pray for the community from government to civil servants to business people to pray for the community, said Maj. Steve Kiger, executive director for the Salvation Army of Southern Indiana.

President Trump marked the day by signing an executive order today allowing churches and other religious organizations to be more active politically, saying the U.S. won't allow people of faith to be bullied or silenced anymore.

The American Civil Liberties Union has threatened to sue Trump over the order. 

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