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1. The Chapel of Four Chaplains

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

The Four Chaplains promotes annual memorial services in communities across The U.S. 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 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 regionalization network and the state chaplaincy system are integral components of The Four Chaplains.

Click here to view guide for FOUR CHAPLAINS Memorial Services

The Regionalization Network

Regionalization is a coordinating network of volunteers who are members of the Chapel of the Four Chaplains and represent the organization in all 50 states. Duties include creating awareness of the Four Chaplains legacy, promoting chapel membership, seeking youth applicants for chapel scholarships, recommending Trustees, nominating Legion of Honor candidates and fundraising.

These spokespersons are designated regional directors or state chaplains. A regional director is the primary contact person in one of ten geographic regions across the United States.

Regional breakdown by states:

Regions States Regions States
New England CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT West Central IA, IL, MN, WI
Northeast DE, NJ, NY, PA Mid-South AR, LA, MO, MS, OK, TX
Mid-Atlantic DC, MD, VA, WV North Plains CO, KS, NE, ND, SD, WY
Southeast AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, TN Northwest AK, ID, MT, OR, WA
East Central IN, KY, MI, OH Southwest AZ, CA, HI, NM,  NV, UT

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  

Click Here to view Regional Directors
Click here to view Emergency Chaplains Corps.
Click here to view State Chaplains & Assistants


2. Legion of Honor Programs

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



4. Youth Scholarship Programs

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The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation has sponsored college scholarship contests for graduating seniors in public and private high schools 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 Youth Committee of the Board of Directors and will be announced on February 28, 2014.


2013-2014 SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION RULES & GUIDELINES:

Chaplain's Hill

Discovering the heroes of Chaplain’s Hill at
Arlington National Cemetery

DEADLINE:  January 30, 2014                   WINNERS ANNOUNCED: February 28, 2014

High School and Middle School Students:  Use your creativity to help tell the stories of military chaplains who gave their lives while serving their country.

The Four Chaplains have been honored in many locations throughout our nation. Each of the Four Chaplain’s names, Rabbi Alexander Goode, Rev. George Fox, Rev. Clark Poling and Father John Washington are on one of the monuments on Chaplains Hill in Arlington National Cemetery that honor the more than two hundred fallen military chaplains of all faiths who have died in uniform from World War I through today.

The Chapel of Four Chaplains would like to honor all of the military chaplains on these monuments with our competition. Through Art, Photography, an Essay, or a YouTube video, applicants should depict the life and service of one or more of the Chaplains memorialized on Chaplains Hill and how the actions of these Chaplains, in life and in facing death, are relevant to our nation today.

While each applicant may not depict the Four Chaplains, the 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.

The number of yearly scholarships and the individual amounts vary with the annual funding. The 2013-2014 Awards will be distributed as follows:

12th  graders:
First Place - $1,000            Second Place - $750            Third Place - $500   Fourth Place - $250
9th 11th graders:
First Place - $  500 Second Place - $350            Third Place - $250   Fourth Place - $150
5th 8th graders:
First Place - $  500  Second Place - $350            Third Place - $250   Fourth Place - $150

Scholarship applications & supporting documentation should be mailed to:

The Chapel of Four Chaplains
Attn: Scholarship Committee
1201 Constitution Avenue
The Navy Yard, Bldg. 649
Philadelphia, PA  19112

2013-2014 Four Chaplains Scholarship Competition Poster

2013-2014 Four Chaplains Scholarship Rules

2013-2014 Four Chaplains Scholarship Application

If it is Art/Photography?

Capture the spirit of the theme through representational, stylized, or abstract means of expression. Acceptable media are watercolor, crayon, tempera, collage, pen and ink, and computer art and photography. Artwork must be original and no larger than 24” by 30”. It must be produced on paper that can be duplicated, displayed or framed. Artwork cannot contain wording, slogans, descriptions, narrative, etc. Artwork that may smudge must be fixed with a non-workable final fixative. Submissions will be judged on originality, imaginative creativity, and meaning.

  1. Attach the entry form with tape or another fixative to the artwork. Sandwich the entry between two pieces of cardboard and strap packing tape around the edges to protect it during shipping. Please do not use paper clips.
  2. Each entry must contain the student’s full name, complete address with zip code, telephone number, cell phone, and email address. Each entry must also contain the names of the principal, guidance counselor, along with school name, complete address with zip code, telephone number with area code, fax number with area code and school email address.
  3. Entries will be penalized for missing information. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your entry for a list of winners, or check our website for an announcement of winners.
  4. An application is available by downloading the PDF file or by contacting The Chapel of Four Chaplains office in early October and requesting one. For each entry, a $10 processing fee must accompany the completed form. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.
  5. Reproduction Rights: The Chapel of Four Chaplains reserves the right to display, publish or distribute any submission and each becomes the property of the Chapel of Four Chaplains.

 

If it is an essay?

  1. Write an original essay of 450 words or less on the theme. Typed, double-spaced, one-inch margins on each side. The font must be in black color in order for it be dark enough to be read and photocopied easily. Along with a cover page, submissions must be accompanied by two (2) copies of your essay. Submissions will be judged on imaginative creativity, correct grammar and spelling, clear, logical presentation and  relevance.  Date both the entry form and cover page.
  2. Each entry must contain the student’s full name, complete address with zip code, phone number, and email address.  Each entry must also contain the names of the principal, guidance counselor, along with school name, complete address with zip code, telephone number with area code, fax number with area code and school email address. Entries will be penalized for missing information. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your entry for a list of winners. Or check our website for an announcement of winners.
  3. Reproduction Rights: The Chapel of Four Chaplains reserves the right to display, publish or distribute any submission and each becomes the property of the Chapel of Four Chaplains.

 

 

If it is a YouTube© Video?

  1. Make more than one public service advertisement, at least 30 seconds or a documentary not to exceed 10 minutes. Submissions will be judged on originality, imaginative creativity, and meaning.
  2.  Submit an application with the link to the video or videos.
  3.  Each entry must contain the student’s full name, complete address with zip code, telephone number, and email address. Each entry must also contain the names of the principal, guidance counselor, along with school name, complete address with zip code, telephone number with area code, fax number with area code and school email address. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your entry for a list of winners, or check our website for an announcement of winners.
  4.  An application is available by downloading the PDF file or by contacting The Chapel of Four Chaplains office in early October and requesting one. For each entry, a $10 processing fee must accompany the completed form. Incomplete entries will be disqualified.
  5. Reproduction Rights: The Chapel of Four Chaplains reserves the right to display, publish or distribute any submission and each becomes the property of the Chapel of Four Chaplains.
2013-2014 Competition Sponsorship: 
The Chapel of the Four Chaplains is proud to honor the more than 200 military chaplains who have lost their lives in the service of their country from World War One to today.  However, this competition is being sponsored by the Chapel of the Four Chaplains and is not endorsed, sponsored or related to any government and/or military entity.

2013-2014 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.

2013-2014 Four Chaplains Scholarship Competition Poster

2013-2014 Four Chaplains Scholarship Rules

2013-2014 Four Chaplains Scholarship Application

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