A monument to Jewish chaplains who have died while on active duty was dedicated yesterday at Arlington National Cemetery.
You can read about the ceremony here.
Incredibly, until now, Jewish chaplains have not been recognized on Chaplains Hill at the cemetery. The oversight came to light in 2007 when someone went looking for Rabbi Alexander Goode's name and could find no mention of him. Chaplain Goode was one of the "Four Immortal Chaplains" who perished along with more than 600 men when the USAT Dorchester was torpedoed during World War II. All of the chaplains -- two Protestant ministers, a Catholic priest and Rabbi Goode -- gave up their life jackets to others. The chaplains were last seen on the deck of the listing ship, their arms linked, singing hymns and offering prayers together.
A grandson of Rabbi Goode attended the ceremony yesterday. It must have been an immensely satisfying day for this family, and for those who have benefited from the ministry of Jewish military chaplains.