Dover Air Force Base, most famously known for its service as the military’s “port mortuary,” dedicated a new chapel facility at the end of February:
A meditation pavilion is among its amenities, said Chaplain Lt. Col. Dennis Saucier. Those families can also make use of the new chapel, which has 20 pews stocked with hymnals and the Holy Bible, an altar, a wood-paneled reredos and tall, stained glass windows featuring four white doves in flight.
The chapel center also has an “all faiths” room, a neutral room that includes a water basin inside for Muslim faith patrons to wash before prayer. The center serves a range of faiths, including Judaic, Buddhist and Earth Base religious traditions.
While Dover is, regrettably, known for services it wishes the Nation would no longer need, it continues to serve the spiritual needs of all of its troops.
Chaplain (MajGen) Howard Stendahl, quietly installed as the Air Force Chief Chaplain last year, made a point of saying “what happens inside the walls” is what matters:
That which we celebrate here will never go away … this building one day may leave us, but this, this is eternal.
There are many things that go on in life, but only a few that will follow us into eternity.
What have you done for eternity today?