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MOAA Participates in 2017 Four Chaplains Service


On Sunday, February 5, several MOAA members took part in an interfaith celebration sponsored by The American Legion Flagler Post #115, honoring The Four Chaplains who gave their lives so that others could survive when the SS Dorchester was sunk on February 3, 1943.

The sobering service began with greetings from Past Commander of the State of Florida American Legion and the presentation of colors by flag bearers from veteran organizations throughout the area, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the National Anthem.  Ray Parker presented the flag for MOAA #41. 

In his capacity as 1st Vice Commander for the American Legion, MOAA Board Member, David Hammond, performed the candle lighting  ceremony in remembrance of each chaplain.

MOAA and American Legion Chaplain Harry Gilman presented the moving story  of the SS Dorchester, and biographies of each chaplain were read.  Prayers were  led by clergy of four different faiths, and patriotic songs were sung  prior to  taps,  played by the Florida Coastal Police and Fire Pipes & Drums, and the retirement  of colors. 

In addition to the ceremony participants, more than 100 persons witnessed the one-hour ceremony and were invited to a join with the American Legion and its Auxiliary in desserts and coffee/soft drinks afterwards.

To learn more about The Four Chaplains and the SS Dorchester, click here.