LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hundreds gathered across Kentucky and Indiana to celebrate the 67th annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday.

Gatherings were held in downtown New Albany and on the steps of Metro Hall in Louisville. Participants prayed for a wide range of things, including the nation, the military, education and health care.

"How wonderful it would be, Lord, to see villages, towns and cities across our country replace distrust with faith, to replace hate with love, and to replace despair with hope," prayed Allan Hoffer, a Salvation Army board member.

"We are all brothers and sisters -- and we need to be unified under God," prayed Mertus Strong, another Salvation Army board member.

People also sang together to celebrate the National Day of Prayer.

The tradition of a National Day of Prayer began in 1775, and Congress officially established it in 1952.

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