House Passes Bill to Establish West Virginia Day of Prayer

Jan 21, 2014

House Bill 4135 would establish the first Thursday in May as the West Virginia Day of Prayer.

Judiciary Chair Tim Manchin explains H.B. 4135 to his colleagues. The bill would establish the first Thursday in May as the "West Virginia Day of Prayer."
Credit Aaron Payne

Under West Virginia law, currently, there are six special memorial days recognized by the state. Those include Native American-Indian Heritage Week, Susan B. Anthony Day, Pearl Harbor and Military Appreciation Week, Vietnam Veteran Recognition Day, Purple Heart Recognition Day and Korean War Recognition Day. This will add another special memorial day and it will be known as the “West Virginia Day of Prayer.”

The date coincides with the National Day of Prayer, which, according to its website, was established as an annual event in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

The lead sponsor, Delegate Peggy Smith of Lewis County, came up with the idea while attending festivities for the National Day of Prayer.

"I was leaving the Lewis County Courthouse one day after we had the National Day of Prayer ceremony," Smith said. 

"It was a wonderful event and I was attending with my mother and my husband, and I thought ‘We really need the same day to correspond in West Virginia as our own day of prayer.'"

The bill was passed unanimously and moves on to the Senate.