VALPARAISO | The LaSalle Council of the Boy Scouts of America will hold its 9th Annual National Day of Prayer Community Breakfast on May 1 at Strongbow Inn.
The program begins at 7:15 a.m., ending with a benediction at 8:50 a.m. Program emcee will be Lonnie Steele.
The featured guest speaker is Josh Bleill, a Marine who has overcome extensive injuries from service in Iraq and now serves as community spokesperson for the Indianapolis Colts.
Bleill, who lost both legs during a tour of duty in Iraq, will offer his message of courage and recovery. He co-authored the book, “One Step at a Time: A Young Marine’s Story of Courage, Hope, and a New Life in the NFL.”
The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, inviting people of all faiths to pray for the nation. It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.
The Valparaiso area event, coordinated by the Boy Scouts of America, is local Scouting’s way of honoring religious traditions and practices. Proceeds from the event go directly to support local Boy Scouting across Porter County, including support for camp facilities.
The Harris Interactive 2005 study “Values of Scouts: A Study of Ethics and Character” states "A scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful to his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion."
Tickets are $25 for individuals, $200 for table of 8 or $250 for table of 8 with recognition. Tickets are available by contacting Jon C. Miller, (219) 841-2425 or Don Bengel (219) 463-0690 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. RSVP no later than Monday.
The LaSalle Council BSA serves more than 1,500 youth annually through their Scouting programs.
For more information, visit the LaSalle Council website at www.lasallecouncilbsa.org/Districts/Dunes%20Moraine.