President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies 22nd annual Awards Gala at the Washington Hilton May 4, 2016 in Washington, DC.
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May 5, 2016 11:00 AM EDT

President Obama called for “freedom to all people” in a letter accompanying his declaration of May 5 as the annual National Day of Prayer.

“Our country was founded on the idea of religious freedom,” Obama wrote in his letter. “On National Day of Prayer, we rededicate ourselves to extending this freedom to all people.”

The U.S. has held a National Day of Prayer since Harry Truman signed a law in 1952 designating the first Thursday in May for that purpose.

Read Obama’s full statement below:

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