The story of the Four Chaplains is a vital part of the U.S. Army Chaplain Center and School located at Fort Jackson, SC. In the lobby of a large community, resource center stands a 20’ stained glass window of the Four Chaplains. In addition, the four main chaplain classrooms are named after the Four Chaplains; Fox, Goode, Poling and Washington.
In addition, inside the Chaplain Corps Museum there is a large display case depicting the story of the Four Chaplains, which displays Father Washington’s original “Medal of Heroism” which was presented posthumously to him in 1961. The Four Chaplains story is part of the core curriculum for all chaplains serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It clearly spells out the unique nature of a military chaplain. They are officers who are “Called by God” to serve their country.
I want to thank the members and friends of The Chapel of Four Chaplains for Supporting OUR MISSION:
The mission of the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation is to tell the story of the Four Chaplains, to promote Interfaith Cooperation and Selfless Service in Individuals and Organizations.
If you read Blog 1, I included an article from the Fall Newsletter highlighting Charles Kahn Jr.’s involvement with our organization. The commitment shown by Charlie and his wife, Barbara, is unparalleled. Charlie has served on the board of directors since Truman spoke at the original chapel’s inaugural event 69 years ago at Temple University on February 3, 1951.
Barbara and Charlie have both “Lived their Call” in supporting and promoting the lessons of the four chaplains in hopes that if more people lived a life of selfless service, the world would be a better place. With that in mind, I dedicated the 52nd Annual Four Chaplains Banquet held on Thursday, February 6 at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing to both Barbara and Charlie Kahn. I cannot thank them enough for all they have done and continue to do for this organization. Please reach out to me in 2020 and let us continue to work together in preserving the legacy of The Four Chaplains and The Chapel of Four Chaplains a Philadelphia treasure.
I often say, “The Chapel of Four Chaplain’s” belongs to Philadelphia but “The Story belongs to The World!” So come visit us on the Navy Yard – but share the story in our community.
Bill Kaemmer – Executive Director