Salvation Army Youth Group Reads Scripture from U.S. Capitol

Members of the Corps Cadets, a youth group at The Salvation Army in Alexandria, VA, participated in the annual U.S. Capitol Bible Reading Marathon hosted by Faith and Action last Thursday in observance of the National Day of Prayer.

The annual event welcomes churches, members of Congress, and civic and religious leaders to take part in 95 hours of straight scripture reading from Genesis to Revelations without commentary. Gathering on the West Steps of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on an especially beautiful day, the Corps Cadets read for one hour.

One of the students described the event as “stirring” when he realized he was exercising his freedom of speech and affirming his Christian faith while looking out at the beautiful Washington Memorial across the National Mall.

Check out some of the photos from the event below. To get involved with a Salvation Army church or youth group near you, please visit