BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Leaders in Livingston Parish came together to pray for the nation on Friday, asking for protection over those who serve.
The "Cry Out America" ceremony, was held Friday on the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
"Thank you for all men and women in law enforcement, in fire service and first responders in our country," said Denham Springs Police Chief Scott Jones.
Several speakers offered up prayers for teachers, children, government officials and the media as well.
Organizers said the ceremony was to refocus everyone. They say the world faces so many challenges, as well as the issues many individuals face, it's even more important to come together in difficult times.
"Remember how we all - everybody red, white, yellow, black - it didn't matter. When we saw those buildings on fire, we united. Over the last 14 years we've gotten complacent," said parish president Layton Ricks. "People settled back into their lives, it's not going to happen again."
Their thoughts and prayers, for change. In order for that to happen, they say it will take everyone working together.