Four Chaplains Memorial Service - VA Black Hills Health Care System
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VA Black Hills Health Care System


Four Chaplains Memorial Service

Four Chaplains Memorial Service

You are Invited to Attend

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

VA Black Hills Health Care System invites the public to attend the Four Chaplains Memorial Service at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 14th at the First Presbyterian Church, 1319 Junction Avenue, in Sturgis. The service marks the start of a weeklong celebration for National Salute to Veteran Patients week February 14-20, 2016.

Local Veteran organizations will participate in the event by placing wreaths at the altar during the program. Immediately following the service the public is invited to a chili feed to be served at the Sturgis Veterans Club, 868 Main Street in Sturgis. 

The Four Chaplains Memorial Service honors four Army Chaplains - Lt. George L. Fox, Methodist; Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Jewish; Lt. John P. Washington, Roman Catholic; and Lt. Clark V. Poling, Reformed Church of America, - four men of different faiths, on a rapidly sinking ship, who gave their life jackets and lives so that younger soldiers might survive when the USS Dorchester was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine on February 3, 1943.


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