Aiken will join 42,000 other cities all over the country today to celebrate the National Day of Prayer.

Aiken’s National Day of Prayer will include two different events hosted by a local organizing committee, and everyone is invited to attend.

The first will be a noon hour of prayer in front of the Municipal Building, located at 214 Park Ave. The second event will be held later tonight at the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, located at 1700 Whiskey Road. The event will run from 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.

Committee member Roger Rollins said it’s important for Aiken residents and communities around the country to unite for the national event.

“It’s important that our nation continue praying for our nation,” he said. “We should come together, at least once a year, to pray for each other, our leadership and many other issues.”

Derrek Asberry is a beat reporter with the Aiken Standard. He joined the paper in June. He is originally from Vidalia, Ga., and a graduate of Georgia Southern University. Follow him on Twitter @DerrekAsberry.