SOMERSET, NJ - The Franklin Township Interfaith Council will gather this Thursday afternoon to commemorate the National Day of Prayer and will have a street sign dedication in the afternoon. 

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, according to nationaldayofprayer.org website. 

"There's no question that the nation seems to be divided right now and with conflicts brewing between leaders of foreign lands, people of all faiths are looking for answers," Pastor Kahlil Carmichael said. "Regardless of what side of the isle you fall on politically, at the end of the day we all want our leaders to be successful and ultimately we want peace. It's only right that we look to God."

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The public is welcome to attend a prayer vigil in front of the Municipal building at Veteran's Memorial at 12:30 pm. 

Township Manager Bob Vornlocker will lead a street sign dedication on the corner of New Brunswick Road and Cedar Grove Lane in Franklin Township at 7 p.m. Cedar Grove Lane will be given an honorary name of Interfaith Lane.

"The dedication is to honor diversity and recognize the contribution of over 60 houses of worship to the well-being of our community in our township," President of Franklin Township Interfaith Council Dr. Alex Kharazi said. "This is a historic event and perhaps the first in New Jersey or even the nation. Everyone is invited to join the event."

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