Fort Lee Plans 2018 National Prayer Breakfast Observance

Audience members sing a spiritual hymn during the Fort Lee National Prayer Breakfast observance in 2016. This year's event is scheduled for Feb. 23, 7:30 a.m., at the Lee Club. Community members who would like to attend can obtain tickets from any of the installation chaplains.

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FORT LEE, Va. (Jan. 25, 2018) -- Fort Lee’s 2018 National Prayer Breakfast observance is set for Feb. 23, 7:30 a.m., at the Lee Club on Battle Drive.

All community members are welcome. Tickets are available from any chaplain across post or at the Religious Support Office on the third floor of the garrison headquarters building, corner of A Avenue and 34th Street.

The committee organizing the event is still working on a program theme and the identification of a guest speaker, according to Chaplain (Maj.) Jonathan Fowler, 23rd Quartermaster Brigade chaplain and designated event organizer. “Aside from those details, however, I can assure individuals planning to attend the event will find it spiritually uplifting as we come together to share those things that make a military community great,” he said.

“Each year, there are moments of this gathering when prayers are offered for our national leaders, for our deployed troops, for the families of the fallen and others who make sacrifices for our nation every day,” Fowler continued. “It’s a big-picture reminder of what we should hold in highest regard within our hearts and why, as a result of that sense of honor and commitment, we can overcome any adversity through our faith and unified strength.”

President Dwight D. Eisenhower had the same general idea when he threw his support behind the annual congressional prayer breakfast in 1953. That’s when the unofficial backroom gathering of Washington politicians and businessmen blossomed into a national observance with the same intent – stepping back and remembering how faith and thankfulness tends to bring people together and create a more positive outlook.

“It should be obvious as to how this relates to a ready and resilient Army,” Fowler observed. “A lot of our strength flows from a cherished and vibrant faith system. It is a vital part of our identity. That’s why the Religious Support Office team is proud to host the National Prayer Breakfast observance here. We understand how faith is essentially linked to our collective mission success.”

The breakfast also will feature remarks by Maj. Gen. Paul C. Hurley Jr., CASCOM and Fort Lee commanding general, and special music performed by a 392nd Army Band ensemble. Various chaplains will lead the morning prayers.

For more information, call (804) 734-6494.