WWII US Military Chapel Still Stands in Australia
The Stars and Stripes has an interesting write up on Saint Christopher’s Chapel, an open-air church built by the US Army during World War II:
The nondenominational Saint Christophers Chapel, built in 1943 by the Army’s 542nd Engineer Battalion, is the only structure remaining from when Rockhampton served as a springboard and training location for Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s World War II island-hopping campaign. The city hosted the 1st Cavalry Division and the 24th, 32nd and 41st infantry divisions on a half-dozen camps between 1942-44.
Somewhat interesting that journalist Marcus Fichtl makes a point of calling it a “nondenominational” chapel, given it bears a cross and is named after a saint (a generally liturgical or Catholic practice).
What are the chances that decades from now a Christian chapel will still be standing on what was once Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan?
For context, consider that while this chapel in Australia still has a cross 70 years after it was built, the crosses on two military chapels in Afghanistan were removed within months — because someone was offended.