Soldiers and civilians from varying walks of life and religious backgrounds will gather for prayer March 14 on Fort Benning.
It’s an American tradition that dates back to “the dark days of World War II,” said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) John A. Routzahn Jr., deputy garrison chaplain for operations.
“Small groups met for prayer and Bible study in both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives,” Routzahn said. “Since then, these groups have continued to discuss their spiritual needs.”
Officially named the National Prayer Breakfast in 1970, it has become an annual observance. Fort Benning will mark the occasion with a special program from 8 to 9 a.m. in the Benning Conference Center.
The guest speaker is Chaplain (Brig. Gen.) Donald L. Rutherford, the U.S. Army deputy chief of chaplains, who is slated to become the next chief of chaplains this summer.
Entertainment includes the Maneuver Center of Excellence Brass Quintet.
The breakfast is an interfaith event, Routzahn said.
“The importance of prayer is recognized universally by religious organizations and faith groups,” he said.
“As drawing breath into our bodies is essential for our physical health and sustainment, prayer is essential for the spiritual life of a person. In the past we have always had representation from differing faith groups in the prayer breakfast.
Once again this year, that representation will be present.”
The serving line opens at 7:30 a.m. To receive a ticket, contact your unit’s chaplain or chaplain assistant by Tuesday. The breakfast is open to everyone, with a suggested $5 donation.