Fort Bragg invites our military families to the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 5, 7 a.m., at the Iron Mike Conference Center.

The Fort Bragg National Prayer is a yearly event that coincides with the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C. This year’s event hosts guest speaker Gary Beikirch, a Medal of Honor recipient from the Vietnam era. 

Background: The National Prayer Breakfast is a time-honored tradition that reaches back to President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1953. The message from that first National Prayer Breakfast endures to this day; that of leaders acknowledging God, the role of faith in life, and joining together to pray. The founder of this event was Abraham Vereide. The event is a series of meetings, luncheons, and dinners which has taken place since 1953 and has been held  since the 1980s at the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Avenue NW. 

It is designed to be a forum for the political, social, and business elite to assemble and build relationships. Since the inception of the National Prayer Breakfast, several U.S. states and cities and other countries have established their own   annual prayer breakfast events. Every U.S. President since Dwight D. Eisenhower has participated in the annual event. 

“Our hope is that the Fort Bragg National Prayer Breakfast is a venue and forum to spiritually encourage those who attend and to help emphasize the importance of prayer for our nation and our leaders at every level of government,” stated the Fort Bragg Religious Support Office.

Photo: Fort Bragg-based chaplains enjoy fellowship at the National Prayer Breakfast, in 2011, at the Fort Bragg Club. (Photo by Capt. Thomas Cieslak/16th MP Bde. PAO)

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