President Donald Trump proclaimed that Sunday, September 3, would be designated a National Day of Prayer for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, calling on the country to spiritually come together and offer their best wishes and condolences for the Texans who were killed or displaced by the catastrophic storm.
“I don’t know when this was done last, but it’s been a long time coming,” Trump said during a Friday signing ceremony in the Oval Office, where he was flanked by officials from the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, and the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief.
“From the beginning of our Nation, Americans have joined together in prayer during times of great need,” the official proclamation reads. “I call on all Americans and houses of worship throughout the Nation to join in one voice of prayer, as we seek to uplift one another and assist those suffering from the consequences of this terrible storm.”
The proclamation noted that Harvey, which made landfall as a Category 4 storm near Rockport, “devastated communities in both Texas and Louisiana, claiming many lives, inflicting countless injuries, destroying or damaging tens of thousands of homes, and causing billions of dollars in damage.”
“When we look across Texas and Louisiana, we see the American spirit of service embodied by countless men and women. Brave first responders have rescued those stranded in drowning cars and rising water. Families have given food and shelter to those in need.”
“Houses of worship have organized efforts to clean up communities and repair damaged homes. Individuals of every background are striving for the same goal — to aid and comfort people facing devastating losses. As Americans, we know that no challenge is too great for us to overcome.”
As of Friday, the death toll from Harvey had climbed to 46. Trump paid a second visit to Texas over the weekend, where he was seen handing out food and supplies to victims and taking photos with children.