By Kristin Rover
Dozens of people came out to the courthouse steps May 1 to celebrate the Day of Prayer in Clermont County.
Residents, government officials, members of the armed forces, preachers and pastors from churches in the county, and local firemen and policemen attended the ceremony.
Clermont County Commissioner Bob Proud emceed the ceremony, which included several musical performances, bible readings and prayers.
Commissioner David Uible read the proclamation that designated May 1 as the Day of Prayer in Clermont County.
Proud then called individuals up to pray for the military, county officials, the community, and children.
Sherri Carbo, from Governor John Kasich’s office, read a bible verse for the country, Sherry Long, who has a son serving in Afghanistan, delivered a bible reading for the military, Clermont County Sheriff A.J. “Tim” Rodenberg read a bible verse for police, Central Joint Fire District Lieutenant Roy Short delivered a bible reading for firemen, and Lynn Martin read a bible verse for children in the community.
Pastor John Baird, Ohio State Representative Doug Green, New Richmond Police Chief Randy Harvey, Milford Fire Department Chaplain Brian Wikoff, Pastor John Martin, and others, delivered prayers at the ceremony.
Singers who performed included soloist John Hale, Todd and Kenny Kritzwiser and Petra Bradley, Jennifer Thomas, and Sherry Long.
Roger Young, with the Clermont County Veterans Service Commission, played Taps at the end of the ceremony.
Cindy Smith, who brought her children to the event, said she believes having the Day of Prayer in Clermont County is important.
“I think it’s important to show we do stand for God, and prayer is important,” Smith said. “We need God in our country.”