All welcome to join us for the 77th Anniversary and Service remembering these great men at the Four Chaplains Monument in Riverview Park this Saturday, February 8 at 3:00 p.m.
A Nazi submarine in the North Atlantic torpedoed the USAT Dorchester, an Army troop ship on February 3, 1943. There were 902 aboard and 675 perished. Among the DEAD were Four Chaplains, all great friends who sacrificed their lives to save others. A torpedo fired from a Nazi submarine struck mid-ship at 12:55 AM, on that fateful February morning.
Our County’s Clergy tells the Chaplain’s story and teaches us to honor these great men who brought “Interfaith In Action” to a WW11 military that was segregated! This will be a full military ceremony complete with Color Guard, 21-gun salute and live Taps by Duke Scales and Bag Pipes by Merchant Mariner Michael Hyde. Ralph Oko, Host from Our Veterans Voice Radio Show will be reading a heart felt WW11 Poem, Jerry Blum, will do Chaplain Gittleson’s dedication of the Marine Cemetery at Iwo Jima. Mayor Ed Dodd will give the welcome speech and a proclamation. C, Korkey Korker, and WW11 U.S. Navy Armed Guard will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Clergy of the Treasure Coast who will tell the “Saga” of The Four Chaplains will join the ceremony. This ceremony, about one hour is a must for our community.
The Sebastian Monument contains an “Eternal Flame” dedicated to all American Veterans. This monument was built as a memorial to these Chaplains and honors them and Indian River County’s past survivor, Ernie L. Heaton. Join us on this anniversary of the sinking of the USAT Dorchester as we honor these great Men. A must for all children, parents and grandparents. All are welcome.
For more information please call Larry Wapnick at 772 532 8749