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DECATUR — An overcast sky and windy conditions could not keep over 50 people away from Decatur's Central Park Thursday afternoon to ask God to look after the United States.

The group came together as part of the annual Pray for America event celebrating the National Day of Prayer, an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May.

"We're praying for America, praying for our community to come together," said the Rev. Doug Lowery, a pastor at Decatur's Maranatha Assembly of God who spoke during the event.

Thursday's event was tied to the theme of unity, with different leaders of local Christian churches asking attendees to pray for unity in America, unity in the church, unity in the family, unity among all ethnicities and people in America and pray for the next great "spiritual awakening" in America.

Guest speakers included Lowery, the Rev. Jack Greenwood, the Rev. Steve Cantrell, the Rev. Courtney Carson and the Rev. Tim Lusitana.

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Contact Ryan Voyles at (217) 421-7985. Follow him on Twitter: @RVVoyles

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