Prayer rally to be held Sunday in Bossier

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A special prayer event called “Blue Steel” will be held Sept. 11 at 2 p.m. at the Liberty Memorial Garden near the Bossier City Municipal Complex on Benton Road.

Event organizers, Vicky Whitman, wife of Bossier City Marshal Jim Whitman; and Melissa Whittington, wife of Bossier Parish Sheriff Julian Whittington; are encouraging first responders and their families to attend, as well as anyone else who wants to extend their appreciation to public servants.

“We want to invite the community to come together and pray for our police, fire and all of our EMS and the families who stand behind these men and women” said Vicky.  The event will be held near the centerpiece of the of the Liberty Garden, a 16-foot tall and 823 pound steel beam from the 52nd floor of the North Tower, displayed as a symbol of strength and unity.

Whitman and Whittington say the name “Blue Steel” also combines two ideas.

“To put on that badge every morning and to walk out there and do that job, you have to be made of steel,” said Melissa. “To be a spouse of that person walking out of that house, you have to be steel.

“It’s a very scary time for families of law enforcement, fire departments,” said Melissa.  “A lot of public servants are targets, like they have a target on their back, and as a spouse, we don’t really understand that, so that’s where our faith comes in so that we can stand during those times.  When we’re standing, we have to be still and know that God is there.”

Vicky and Melissa hope to keep the prayer event to about an hour and have invited local pastors to pray a few minutes on a certain topics.

Vicky hopes this event will be an inspiration for others.

“There’s never too much prayer,” she said.

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