By Colleen Lockhart
The Four Chaplains program is familiar to our nation’s veterans. The Burton American Legion Post #458 is hoping to make the public more aware of this important event in American history. The public is invited to two separate programs to be held Sunday, Feb. 5 where veterans will tell the story of the US AT Dorchester, torpedoed by a German submarine off Newfoundland and sunk on Feb. 3, 1943, during World War II. Local veterans will present the story of the US Army four chaplains who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel. Each of the four chaplains was from a different denomination: Catholic priest, Jewish rabbi, Methodist minister, Dutch Reformed Church minister, all who went down with the ship.
The American Legion commemorates the day through services and programs at many posts throughout the nation on or around Feb. 3, designated as “Four Chaplains Day”.
The program will be presented during the 10 a.m. service at the Middlefield Methodist Church and again at 3 p.m. at the Burton American Legion Post #458. Light refreshments will be available with time to ask questions.
Starting Feb. 12, the Burton American Legion will host pancake and sausage breakfasts on Sunday’s through April 9 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On April 23 the Burton American Legion will host the Geauga County Council fundraiser breakfast with profits helping Veterans in need. Call Skip, 440-313-2095 for information on these and other Legion events throughout 2017.