THE FOUR CHAPLAINS – On February 5, the nation will be celebrating Super Bowl 51 but on this date American Legion Post 56 will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Four Chaplains who died on February 3 when their Army Transport Dorchester was sunk in the Labrador Sea by a torpedo from a German U-boat during World War II. This ship was sailing to Greenland as part of a naval convoy and The Four Chaplains performed a legendary act by selflessly giving their life jackets to other passengers on board this doomed ship thus sealing their faith so others could live.
Sometimes called the Immortal Chaplains, these men were from four different religions and sacrificed their lives for men of all faiths. Since 1943, these heroes identified as Methodist minister George L. Fox, Reformed Church in America minister Clark V. Poling, Roman Catholic priest John P. Washington and Rabbi Alexander B. Goode have been immortalized with commemorative postage stamps, a Congressionally recognized anniversary and numerous ceremonies. They have epitomized what is written in The Bible that reads ” Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”.
This event will take place at 200 PM at The American Legion Post 56 and all veterans and their guests are welcome to attend this very moving and heartfelt ceremony.