West Palm Beach VA Medical Center
Four Chaplains Interfaith Memorial Service
On Friday, February 15, 2013, the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center held a Four Chaplains Interfaith Memorial Service honoring the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Dorchester. The memorial service demonstrated “unity without uniformity” by encouraging goodwill and cooperation among all people. The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation achieves its mission by advocating for and honoring people whose deeds symbolize the legacy of the Four Chaplains aboard the U.S.A.T. Dorchester in 1943.
The memorial service featured four Chaplains from the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center’s Chapel, representing each of the Four Chaplains who perished in 1943. Guest speaker Mr. Larry Wapnick, a member of the Board of Directors for the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation, gave a moving speech on “Interfaith in Action” and the four immortal Chaplains. Mr. Wapnick also awarded special guest, Senator Bill Nelson with the Legion of Honor Bronze Medal.
Senator Nelson was honored by the medal nomination and spoke to the assembly regarding the connection the immortal four Chaplains, men of different faiths, who erased the lines of bigotry and made a statement of unity under the most dire of situations. After the ceremony, Senator Nelson greeted the honored guests, chaplains and hospital staff.
“This interfaith shrine... will stand through long generations to teach Americans that as men can die heroically as brothers so should they live together in mutual faith and goodwill.”
- President Harry S. Truman
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