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    Chapel builds international bonds

    Chapel builds international bonds

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    Story by Sgt. Sinthia Rosario  

    5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   

    ROCKHAMPTON, Australia – Australian and American service members have gathered at St. Christopher’s Chapel in Nerimbera, Australia, to celebrate the chapel’s 60-year commemoration, July 5, 2015.

    Built in 1943, the chapel was constructed by the 542nd Engineers Ship and Shore Battalion under the supervision of four chaplains to bring solace to U.S. service members recovering from injuries.

    “The chaplains consecrated St. Christopher’s Chapel as a place of Divine Worship where non-denominational services could be held, with each chaplain contributing to the service,” said Chaplain Steve Cloudsdale, garrison chaplain for Talisman Sabre 15.

    In 1984, more than 170 American veterans left their homes in the U.S. to visit the chapel in Australia.

    Cloud went on to say, “These veterans of WWII were returning to the site that had given them strength of mind and body… that was St. Christopher’s Chapel.”

    Throughout the years, the chapel has been maintained in honor of the relationship between Australia and the United States.

    June and Graham Bell, a married couple, return to this event every year to keep the tradition alive.

    “I think it’s important to honor the strong relationships and friendship forged and to pause for a moment to remember the bonds that go back to WWII,” said Graham.

    Graham comes from a military family. His grandfather was a Marine engineer who served in 1910, and Graham and his wife also both served in the Australian army.

    “As two people who have served in the military, we both understand the importance of this ceremony, of remembering the past, maintaining new and future relationships,” added Graham. “We are proud to be here today and you’ll be seeing us next year.”



    Date Taken: 07.05.2015
    Date Posted: 07.06.2015 05:53
    Story ID: 169122
    Location: ROCKHAMPTON, QLD, AU 

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