Doña Ana County



Thursday, May 2, 2002, marks the National Day of Prayer in the United States. Doña Ana County’s five commissioners are expected to take part in various local aspects of the event, with Commission Vice-Chairman Paul B. Curry taking the role of spokesperson for the Commission locally.

Curry will participate in a ticket-only event at the Best Western Mesilla Valley Inn at 7 a.m. Thursday, May 2, and he also is expected to attend a noon gathering on the steps of City Hall in Las Cruces. He will pray specifically for Doña Ana County and its leaders.

The other four commissioners – Carlos E. Garza of District 1, Arturo C. Terrazas of District 2, Chairman D. Kent Evans of District 4 and Gilbert T. Apodaca of District 5 – are expected to attend various functions associated with the event, which include the morning and noon activities, as well as planned observances in Klein Park at 5:15 p.m. and at 6:30 p.m.

The National Day of Prayer dates back to Feb. 19, 1795, when President George Washington issued a proclamation setting aside a day of public thanksgiving. An annual day of prayer was established by Congress in 1952 and specifically designated in 1988 as the first Thursday in May by then-President Ronald Reagan.

In designating the 2002 National Day of Prayer, President George W. Bush, said, “Since our Nation's founding, Americans have turned to prayer for inspiration, strength, and guidance. In times of trial, we ask God for wisdom, courage, direction, and comfort. We offer thanks for the countless blessings God has provided. And we thank God for sanctifying every human life by creating each of us in His image. As we observe this National Day of Prayer, we call upon the Almighty to continue to bless America and her people.

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.