Four Chaplains Day commemorates four Army chaplains who gave their lives to save soldiers when their troop ship was torpedoed in the North Atlantic during World War II.
Berea's Veterans Outreach Office is encouraging veterans and supporters to observe Four Chaplains Day virtually this year. The ceremony planned for the Berea Recreation Center on Feb. 3 has been canceled because of COVID restrictions.
To view the story of the Four Chaplains, follow this YouTube link: https://youtu.be/WgYYknOuL.QM
The Four Chaplains were aboard a U.S. troop transport ship, the Dorchester, when it was torpedoed by a German U-Boat in the North Atlantic on Feb. 3, 1943. There were not enough lifejackets to go around, so the four men donated their jackets to four servicemen. The chaplains - one Catholic, two Protestant and one Jewish - went down with the ship, holding hands and praying.