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VVA Hosts Its Initial Chapel of Four Chaplains Ceremony
A VVA Staff
VVA Chapter 602 of
North Cape May, N.J., and the New Jersey State Council had the honor of hosting,
for the first time in VVA's history, a Chapel of Four Chaplains awards ceremony.
The stirring event, which was coordinated by VVA Chapel of Four Chaplains
National Liaison Paul Sutton, took place Sept. 13 at the U.S. Coast Guard
Training Center in Cape May.
The Chapel of Four
Chaplains was dedicated in 1951 in Valley Forge, Pa., to honor those who have
rendered selfless service to humanity. VVA members have received Chapel awards
in the past, but the Sept. 13 ceremonies marked the first time VVA hosted the
Forty VVA members and
other distinguished individuals were honored at the ceremonies by becoming
members of the Chapel of Four Chaplains' Legion of Honor. That honor goes to
those who have, with distinction, served the nation, the community, and
humankind in general. Diane Carlson Evans was presented with the 1998 Bronze
Medallion Award, and VVA National Vice President Tom Corey was given the
prestigious Humanitarian Award for 1998.
The Legion of Honor
awardees were: Gregory K. Abbott, Wayne Bridges, Kathy Byrant, Joseph Carbone
Jr., Eleanor Carbone, Jonathan Cardenas, David F. Carter, U.S. Sen Max Cleland,
Dorothy Crawford, U.S. Sen. Thomas Daschle, Michael Demaio, E.L. "Ned" Devereaux
III, Agnes Feak, Oscar Flores, Marsha Four, Kay Gardner, Julio Gonzales, The
Rev. Gerald D. Green, Sharon Hodge, Robert J. Hopkins, U.S. Sen. J. Robert "Bob"
Kerrey, U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry, Rabbi David Kozak, Irene Kozak, Ann Marie
Kriczar, Tina Miller, Wayne Miller, James Monohan, Nancy Montgomery, Albert
Mullen, Robert V. Palasch, Donald Pape, Ambassador Douglas "Pete" Peterson,
Michael Sebastiano, Katherine Scott, Elaine Simmons, Vernon Valenzuela, Carol
Varoli, Michael Vecchio, and William L. Warfield.
After the ceremonies,
Chapter 602, the James "Pop" Johnson Memorial Chapter, and the New Jersey State
Council put on a lavish reception and dinner for the honorees and guests. "I was
very honored to receive the award," Corey said. "What made it even more special
was the hard work done by Chapter 602 and the New Jersey Council in getting VVA
involved directly in this excellent endeavor."
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