PALM COAST, Florida (February 6, 2017) —On Sunday, February 5, Commander Claudia Parker and Senior Vice Commander Jennifer Hanger
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. Candles were lit in remembrance of each of the four chaplains, and Chaplain Harry Gilman, Flagler County’s 2016 Veteran of the Year, presented the moving story of the SS Dorchester. Afterwards, biographies of each chaplain were read.
Prayers during the service 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 50 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.