VA Black Hills Health Care System
Public Invited to Four Chaplain Memorial Service
VA Black Hills Health Care System invites the public to attend the Four Chaplains Memorial Service at 1:30 p.m. on February 15th at the LifeSpring Wesleyan Church in Sturgis. The service marks the end of a weeklong celebration for National Salute to Veteran Patients week February 8-16, 2015.
“The service is an inspiring tribute to four of our nation’s most revered heroes. Their story of strength and courage reflect the high cost many Veterans pay to serve our country. I encourage everyone to be a part of this service to remember, honor, and support Veterans”, said Chaplain Gary Goodlin, VA BHHCS.
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 Dorchester was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine on February 3, 1943.