DC CHAPTER PARTICIPATES IN THE 238TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS
Chaplain (COL) Eric Wester, USA RET sent the following: The USACCRA DC Chapter was well represented Friday, July 26th at a series of events on Fort Myer and Arlington National Cemetery. More than a dozen chaplaincy personnel from USACCRA plus several spouses attended a chapel ceremony at Memorial Chapel. We joined more than 200 others including dignitaries recognizing Chaplain Emil Kapaun. Three members of Father Kapaun’s POW and infantry units attended the ceremony as well as the wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns, prayers at Chaplains Hill, and a luncheon featuring the 18th Chief of Chaplains, Matt Zimmerman.
The US Army Chief of Chaplains hosted the series of events to mark the 238th anniversary of the Chaplains Corps. The Army Chaplaincy Sergeant Major, the present Chief of Chaplains and Chaplain (Major General, Retired) Matt Zimmerman addressed several highlights of chaplaincy ministry. Earlier this year, President Barack Obama presented the nation’s highest military decoration to survivors of Chaplain (CPT) Emil Kapaun, the Army chaplain who died as a Prisoner of War in North Korea, July 23rd 1951. He gave his life, his food and water, and his ministry providing spiritual care of those he called, “his boys.”
One “take away” from the inspirational remarks of Chaplain Zimmerman. “Of three gifts of Chaplain Kapaun to those he served and to all of us, the first was his ministry of encouragement. Not only did Father Emil visit men in their huts [in the POW camp], he offered prayer and hope in God as an encouragement to those who were captured. His example of prayer and hope in all circumstances is an encouragement to all of us, as well.”