Since the late 1940’s the Chapel of the Four Chaplains has been telling the story of the Four Chaplains and encouraging selfless sacrifice and interfaith cooperation.
On February 15, 2001, the Chapel of the Four Chaplains moved to 1201 Constitution Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19112 the site of a World War II Navy Chapel.
FOUR PROGRAMS FOR FOUR CHAPLAINS
We focus on all that we do through these Four Programs for Four Chaplains, of which $.91 for every $1.00 raised goes towards these programs. (per 2017 audit)
The Legion of Honor Award Program which recognizes ordinary people who do extraordinary things. To honor the legacy of the Four Chaplains, this program has recognized selfless service in many, many forms throughout our communities, schools, veteran service organizations and neighborhoods. This programs recognizes the many veterans who are performing selfless acts for many of our wounded and disabled veterans. We are averaging over 400 Legion of Honor inductees internationally on an annual basis.
The Dr. Fred K. Honigman Annual National Student Scholarship Competition for students in grades 5th through 12th, including home school. This is a competitive nationwide scholarship program which awards over $5000 per year over 12 awards to students who write an essay, art work, photography or YouTube Video on the theme of selfless service.
The Veterans Outreach Program which takes care of military veterans who are seeking a chaplain, or a burial honor guard, or VA benefits, or who are struggling with service related injuries that result in substance abuse, PTS, homelessness, joblessness and suicidal ideation. This includes the conducting of symposiums on the opioid epidemic and the veteran suicide epidemic. This has been a huge area of growth for us in recent years.
Our Emergency Chaplain & First Responder Chaplain Programs which has a cadre of Chaplains available through our network to respond to natural disasters and emergencies as these occur throughout the nation. The Four Chaplains Foundation also sponsors professional training for First Responder Chaplains and for Medical Mental Health professionals.
We also offer the building for rentals. These rentals may include – weddings, reunions, memory trips, bus tours, funerals, memorial services, Scout Troops as well as Legion of Honor Ceremonies, Four Chaplains Programs, to mention a few.
Four U.S. Army Chaplains gave up their life jackets and prayed together when their transport ship, the U.S.A.T Dorchester was torpedoed eighty miles south of Greenland on February 3, 1943. The Chaplains came from different faiths and backgrounds.
John P. Washington was a Catholic Priest from Kearny, New Jersey, Rabbi Alexander D. Goode was a native of York, Pennsylvania. Clark V. Poling was a a minister in the Reformed Church in America at the First Reformed Church in Schenectady, New York. George L. Fox, a decorated World War One veteran, was a Methodist minister in Gilman, Vermont.
The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation’s vision is to impart the principles of selfless service to humanity without regard to race, creed, ethnicity, gender, or religious beliefs.
The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation exists to further the cause of “unity without uniformity” by encouraging goodwill and cooperation among all people. The organization achieves its mission by advocating for and honoring people whose deeds symbolize the legacy of the Four Chaplains aboard the U.S.A.T. Dorchester in 1943.
The Reverend Daniel Poling, in honor of his son Chaplain Poling’s heroism, began the movement to celebrate the Four Chaplains acts of courage. The organization was dedicated on February 3, 1951 by President Harry S. Truman. In his dedication speech, the President said, “This interfaith shrine… will stand through long generations to teach Americans that as men can die heroically as brothers so should they live together in mutual faith and goodwill.”
For more than sixty years the Chapel of the Four Chaplains has told the story of their faith, courage and interfaith cooperation through a variety of programs and events. One important program publicly recognizes and honors outstanding members of society whose lives model the giving spirit and unconditional service to community, nation, and humanity without regard to race, religion, or creed exemplified so dramatically by the Four Chaplains.
The story of the Four Chaplain’s includes not only the background of the Chaplains, their interfaith cooperation, and their selfless sacrifice but it also includes the memories of the close to seven hundred lives lost that day, the stories of the survivors, the bravery of the rescuers and those who are inspired even today.
We may never be asked to give up our own life jacket to save another person, but the story of the Four Chaplains can inspire us to reach out a helping hand in a time of need.