VA Black Hills Health Care System
Four Chaplains Memorial Service
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.