Sturgis honors vet chaplains despite storm - KOTA Territory News

Sturgis honors vet chaplains despite storm


The weekend's bad weather and road conditions put a bit of a damper on an annual remembrance for veterans in KOTA Territory, but it didn't stop some from showing their support.
Usually the service to honor vets draws people from all over the area, but Sunday's road closures kept many people, including veterans groups, away.

The service honors all vets, but focuses specific attention on four chaplains who died in World War II after the S.S. Dorchester sank off the coast of Greenland in 1943.

It's a way to remember their sacrifices, and thank all chaplains for what they do.
"It's always wonderful not just to learn a little bit more about the four chaplains, which we see through the presentations, but to learn more the character of my own chaplains, which comes through as well," said Rene Porter-Stewart of the Black Hills Healthcare System.
"The first ship I was on," added U.S. Navy vet Roland Enninga, "we were off the coast of Vietnam. So the chaplains there calmed us down an awful lot, so that was very helpful."
Most years, the church is home to 30 or 35 wreaths from various veterans services organizations, but this year just a few graced the pulpit.

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