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Feb. 5-10 declared religious emphasis week in Estacada; Feb. 4 declared Four Chaplains Sunday

In honor of four U.S. Army Chaplains of three faiths who stood united in prayer on the U.S.A.T. Dorchester as the ship sunk, Estacada Mayor Sean Drinkwine recently read a proclamation declaring Sunday, Feb. 4, as Four Chaplains Sunday and the week of February 5-10 as Religious Emphasis Week.

Drinkwine signed the proclamation during a City Council meeting on Monday, Jan. 22.

Sunday, Feb. 3, will mark the 75th anniversary of the sinking of the troopship while en route to Greenland.

During this time of crisis, Lt. George L. Fox, Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Lt. Johnny P. Washington and Lt. Clark V. Poling gave their life jackets to four soldiers, thus sacrificing their lives as they remained united in prayer.

The chaplains represented multiple religions, including Catholicism, Judaism and Protestantism.

The proclamation states that their actions were a "combined act of supreme devotion and sacrifice for American liberty and human freedom and will be an inspiring and ever shining example of real Brotherhood for all time to the people of the work."

"We must all see to it that their supreme sacrifice to the common cause of human freedom and justice for all shall not have been in vain," the proclamation continues.

Estacada residents are encouraged to commemorate Religious Emphasis Week "with appropriate observances in public places and by prayers in their homes and houses of worship."

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