Inter-faith leaders gathered Thursday at the Four Freedoms Monument to celebrate the 70th National Day of Prayer.
From Christians to Buddhists, faith leaders from around Evansville had one common message as they each shared prayers: to commemorate all those who have died from Covid-19 and support those currently suffering from it.
"Since the nation has been hit with Covid-19 -- we have experienced sickness and death."
The 2020 event was cancelled due to safety concerns with the pandemic. 2019 was moved indoors due to rain.LAST' YEARS
"It's just an important opportunity that sadly we have not had as much of a chance to do recently because of all of the circumstances with the pandemic and shutdowns," says John Paulson.
Rabbi Gary Mazo added, "It's so nice when the whole community can come together, be together, be outside in this beautiful spot and come together in prayer. It's a real sign of hope."
Mater Dei High School students serenaded the crowd before Evansvill Mayor Lloyd Winnecke read a proclamation.
While representative of different faiths say it's a blessing to be able to show the community how much more stronger we are together than apart.
"Anytime that you can bring together people from different faith and wisdom traditions -- but that is important -- but especially here in this past year -- with all of the turmoil and tumultuousness."
As for all those souls lost to Covid-19, faith leaders say they are all in God's hands now: "He has taken millions just because of Covid-19. But we know he is taking care of them."
Those leading the service say that even if you are not religious, take a moment out of your day to be grateful for everything in your life.