Our Programs

1. The Chapel of Four Chaplains

Friends of the Chapel of Four Chaplains, Inc. (DBA: The Chapel of Four Chaplains & The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that advocates for cultural harmony and religious tolerance. It is comprised of community leaders, friends and corporate contributors. Donations are tax-deductible under IRS laws.

The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation promotes annual memorial services in communities across The U.S. all year around but especially on or near the February anniversary of the sinking of the U.S.A.T. Dorchester to raise awareness of the need for cooperation among all peoples.

The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation also advises in developing and constructing public inter-faith memorials and chapels throughout the nation. It provides comprehensive information and visual materials about the proper technique of retelling The Four Chaplains saga.

The State Chaplaincy System

State and associate chaplains are men and women who represent a diversity of religious traditions and serve as community spokespersons. A primary obligation is to retell the saga of the Four Chaplains so that its significance will never be lost. Another is to suggest Legion of Honor nominees. They also participate in religious or patriotic ceremonies, speak at memorial services and assist with youth outreach. A chaplain may be a clergy person, certified lay speaker, or lay person who serves as a chaplain in a veterans or fraternal organization.

Selection Criteria for Regional Volunteers

Candidates must be members of the Four Chaplains to be considered for regional director, state chaplain or associate chaplain. Nominations are open to any applicant who wishes to serve and agrees to promote the mission of the organization. Documentation of achievements and applicable experience must accompany all recommendations. Applications are reviewed by the Executive Committee and approved by the Board of Directors.

Email the program coordinator for more details at chapel@fourchaplains.org

2. Legion of Honor Programs

The Legion of Honor Award programs 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. To be considered for any of the five awards, the selfless and transformative achievement must be above and beyond that of a professional resume or organizational position.

The Legion of Honor Gold Medallion is the highest and most prestigious award presented. It is given to a person whose leadership has brought his actions to worldwide attention, and whose very life epitomizes the spirit of the sacrifice of the Four Chaplains.

The Legion of Honor Bronze Medallion is the second highest award and is granted for extraordinary contributions to the well-being of others at the national or world level, to world peace, or to inter-faith and inter-ethnic understanding.

The Junior Legion of Honor Award is given to young people who have contributed to the improvement of the inter-ethnic and inter-faith harmony in their communities. Their contribution must symbolize the sacrifice of the Four Chaplains to selfless service.

The Legion of Honor Humanitarian Award is given in recognition of a lifetime commitment to selfless service and societal advancement that has demonstrably affected the quality of life in the community, state or nation, service without regard to faith or race. The selection process for this award is rigorous.

The Charles W. David, Jr. Lifesaving Medallion is rarely awarded and is given to persons who have saved the life of another at grave personal risk.

Distinguished recipients of the Legion of Honor Awards have included Presidents Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, James Carter, and Ronald Reagan. Notable luminaries who received the award were Bob Hope, John Glenn, Mickey Rooney, Martha Raye, James Michener, Marian Anderson, C. Everett Koop, Tommy Lasorda and Shirley Chisholm as well as deserving military personnel, veterans, and civilians from all walks of life.

Nominations are accepted for any of these awards from past recipients of the Legion of Honor; church and government leaders; and leaders of civic, fraternal and veteran organization only. All awards must be publicly presented at a Legion of Honor service or as part of an appropriate ceremony which includes the Saga of the Four Chaplains.  For past Legion of Honor recipients, you do not need to go through your local Post/Detachment to submit nominations.

For further information, email the Coordinator at chapel@fourchaplains.org or download the PDF file of the nominating statement.

Click here for Nominating Statement application.
Click here for Guidelines and Requirements.

3. Emergency Chaplains Corps

The Chapel of Four Chaplains launched the Emergency Chaplains Corps after the tragic events of the Oklahoma City bombing in April 1995. At that time, an evident need to provide organized spiritual and emotional support for the “helpers” (police, firefighters, and EMTs’, SAR plus recovery workers) at disasters led the organization to answer the call to form such a group. Training requirements established that volunteer response teams be skilled in all dimensions of disaster service including triage, first aid, CPR, bereavement counseling and have essential competencies in crisis intervention procedures.

When disaster struck on September 11, 2001, a maximum chaplaincy effort at Ground Zero was organized. The organization recruited, screened and trained a cadre of high-qualified chaplains from all religious faiths. The Four Chaplains team consisted of 46 chaplains, 19 volunteer drivers, 10 social workers/counselors, and 64 lay volunteers. The eight-month collaboration at the World Trade Center site earned accolades including a grant of over $21,000 from the September 11th Fund and a letter of appreciation from New York City’s Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

In response to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in September 2005, the organization dispatched a volunteer team to work with victims in New Orleans using the “spiritual triage” model that was employed at Ground Zero.

The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation continues to build and strengthen its Emergency Chaplains Corps.  The program is now headed by our Sr. Chaplain on the Board of Directors, Chaplain Gary Holden who is also the Founder of the Chaplaincy Training Program.

For more information about volunteering or donating to this program, please call 215-218-1943 or email chapel@fourchaplains.org

4. National Student Scholarship Competition

The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation has sponsored the Scholarship Competition for students in grades 5th – 12th for more than 15 years. Each competition is designed to challenge young people to understand and practice the values of inclusion, cooperation, and unity that were shown by the Four Chaplains. Participating provides a forum for youth to express their views on the benefits of working together in a diverse world.

Winners are selected by the Scholarship Committee of the Board of Directors.

SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION RULES & GUIDELINES CAN BE DOWNLOADED FROM THE HOME PAGE.  If you would prefer them to be emailed to you, please contact the office at Chapel@FourChaplains.org

The 2018 Scholarship program deadline is March 30, 2018 and winners will be announced  April 30, 2018.  

Competition Copyright and Usage:
The copyright of all entries remains with the entrants. The Chapel of the Four Chaplains reserve the absolute rights to exhibit or reproduce any acceptable entries in whatever way deemed fit for exhibition and for any media based publicity and promotional purposes without prior notice or consent. The artwork and/or multimedia must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity. Entrant grants the Chapel of the Four Chaplains and their designees an irrevocable, royalty-free, nonexclusive, worldwide perpetual license to use the entry and his/her name, city and state of residence for credit purposes in the organizations online galleries, brochure or newsletters without compensation, unless prohibited by law.

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