BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - At the state capitol Thursday, the public and state officials joined thousands of people across the nation in a moment a silence. It's part of the National Day of Prayer.
This year's theme across the nation was Pray for America - Unity. In Louisiana, Governor John Bel Edwards asked everyone to pray for an end to division among the state's citizens.
"I'm encouraging all of you to pray for our state, pray for our nation, pray for leaders at all levels, that we can come together and better serve the people, because it's difficult today," said Edwards.
The National Day of Prayer dates back to 1952 and is held every year on the first Thursday of May.