Independence will have three observances for Thursday's National Day of Prayer.

The first will be from 7 to 7:30 a.m. at the United Nations Peace Plaza, at Lexington Street and Walnut Avenue directly across from the Community of Christ Auditorium. Mayor Eileen Weir will read a proclamation, with local clergy leading the public in prayer.

The second event is 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity, 505 N. Dodgion St., and the third event is at 7 p.m. at New Covenant Ministries, 532 S. Main St.

A Blue Springs event is 11 a.m. to noon at the Truman Heritage Habitat ReStore, 1219 N.W. Missouri 7.

Lee's Summit's event is noon to 1 p.m. at the City Hall patio at 220 S.E. Green St. Special events observing the National Day of Prayer will also take place Thursday at the state capital in Jefferson City, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and throughout cities and states across the nation.

The annual National Day of Prayer was established in 1952 when Congress passed a joint resolution that President Harry Truman signed into law. President Ronald Reagan amended the law in 1988 to designate the first Thursday in May as the official day.