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April 11, 2008

National Day of Prayer program explores the importance of the faith of nation

Colonial Williamsburg will observe the National Day of Prayer with special programs Thursday, May 1 at the Courthouse in the Historic Area.

Area residents and guests are invited to gather near the steps of the Courthouse at 1 p.m. to hear a reading of the 1774 Proclamation of a Day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer in support of the citizens of Boston, whose port was closed in response to the Boston Tea Party.

In addition, the 2008 Prayer Day proclamations of President George W. Bush, Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine and local officials will be read.

The observance of National Prayer Day will be continued during a short program of scripture reading and non-sectarian prayers at the Playbooth Theatre site directly following the readings from the Courthouse.

No ticket is required.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. “Revolutionary City®” - a daily dramatic live street theater presentation - is a 2008 Rand McNally Best-of-the-Road™ Editor’s Pick. Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Web site at

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