The Louisa Ministerial Association will sponsor the Four Chaplains Service on Sunday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church, Mineral. This very moving service is held each year to honor the four Army Chaplains and the other 668 men who perished on Feb. 3, 1943 when the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was torpedoed and sunk.
These four chaplains, from various faith traditions, gave up their life jackets so that other soldiers could live. We remember their sacrificial acts which are examples for all of us of what it means to give your life for your friends. They created a unique legacy of brotherhood. A Jewish rabbi, a Roman Catholic priest, a Methodist minister and a Dutch Reform minister were last seen on the deck of the Dorchester praying with their arms linked together as the ship slipped beneath the icy water.
This unity, in the God they worshiped as they prayed together and the giving away of the very things that would save their lives, is an example for us of the lives we should all be living. This is a story every American should know. In addition to remembering these chaplains and those who gave their lives, we also honor all those who served in the military, and whose faith and courage have sustained us. All active and former military personnel are invited to come in uniform.
If you can’t get into your uniform, wear your overseas cap and your medals or something else appropriate.
We are honored to have Thomas Clune, a veteran of Vietnam, as the guest speaker. He is currently chaplain of both his Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and American Legion Post. Clune is an active member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in Buckner.
Following the service, there will be a reception to meet and greet one another. For additional information contact the Rev. Marian Windel at (540) 223-2769.