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October/November 1998

VVA Hosts Its Initial Chapel of Four Chaplains Ceremony
A VVA Staff Report

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 event.

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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