Joint services host Easter sunrise services aboard USS Missouri

| April 2, 2010 | 0 Comments

Karen S. Spangler
Contributing Writer

PEARL HARBOR — The Navy and Army will host a joint Easter Sunrise Service aboard the Battleship Missouri Memorial, 6:30 a.m., April 4. 

“The historic connection the Missouri has, as both a symbol of power and a symbol of peace — being the location of the signing of the instrument of surrender with Japan ending World War II — makes the Missouri a unique place to celebrate the Easter holiday,” said Chaplain (Lt.) Steven Voris, staff chaplain at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Pearl Harbor Chapel.

Chaplain (Col.) Jack Van Dyken, the U.S. Army-Pacific Command chaplain, will be the speaker. Music will be provided by the Pacific Fleet Navy Band.

The Hula No Ke Akua (Dancing for Him) group will participate in the service, and a continental breakfast will be served pierside following the service.

“While it might seem strange to some that a warship has been chosen as the location for celebrating Christianity’s most important holiday, to Sailors that is not strange at all,” said Voris. “Worship services are regularly conducted on warships at sea.”

According to Voris, attendance at last year’s joint Easter Sunrise Service, sponsored by the Navy and the Army, was approximately 1,000 people.

Other Sponsored Services:

An Easter service at Stoneman Stadium, Schofield Barracks, is scheduled at 6:30 a.m. Special music and refreshments will follow the service.

The Air Force will hold a Easter service at Foster’s Point near Hickam Beach at 6 a.m. Chaplain (Col.) Keith Darlington, Headquarters Pacific Air Forces command chaplain, will be the speaker. Breakfast, catered by Keneke’s, will follow the service.

A sunrise service will be hosted by Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay, 6:30 a.m., at Fort Hase Beach. Churches from the local community will be participating in the service.

The Coast Guard’s service, hosted by Rear Adm. Manson Brown and his wife, 7-8:30 a.m., at Diamond Head Lighthouse. Chaplain Carl Barnes, U.S. Coast Guard District 14 command chaplain, will be the speaker.

The program for the Coast Guard service includes Hula for Worship Dancers for God and the Dan Siangco family; a keiki Easter egg hunt will follow the service, which is open only to Coast Guard personnel and their families.

• For more details about the Navy-Army joint service, call 473-3972.
• For details about Schofield Barracks services, call 655-6644.
• For information about Air Force services, call 449-1754.
• For details about Marine Corps Base Hawaii services, call 257-3552.
• RSVP for the Coast Guard service at 535-3206.

(Editor’s Note: Karen Spangler is the editor for Hawaii Navy News.)

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