The Washington Times - May 1, 2013, 11:43AM

Proclaiming Wednesday a national day of prayer, President Obama urged the nation to pray for victims of recent tragedies including the terrorist bombings in Boston.

“On this day, let us remember in our thoughts and prayers all those affected by recent events, such as the Boston Marathon bombings, the Newtown, Connecticut, shootings, and the explosion in West, Texas,” Mr. Obama said.

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“Let us pray for the police officers, firefighters and other first responders who put themselves in harm’s way to protect their fellow Americans.”

The president also asked for prayers for members of the U.S. military and their families.

“Let us come together to pray for peace and goodwill today and in the days ahead as we work to meet the great challenges of our time,” he said.