Easter sunrise service to be held at Battleship Missouri, April 20

(Via Ho’okele News)

The sun rises over the Battleship Missouri Memorial on Easter Sunday 2007. U.S. Navy file photo

Brandon Bosworth


Assistant Editor, Ho’okele

The Battleship Missouri Memorial will host its annual Easter sunrise service beginning at 6:30 a.m. April 20.

Chaplain Lt. James Ragain, Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel, will lead the service.

It isn’t unusual for the Battleship Missouri Memorial Easter sunrise service to attract more than 1,000 people, and this year’s event could prove to be particularly well attended.

“It’s exciting,” said Ragain. “We’re holding a joint service with not just the Navy and Air Force but the Army and the Marines, too.”

He believes the memorial is a particularly powerful place to hold a service.

“The Battleship Missouri Memorial has become a symbol of peace, and that’s what Easter is about,” he said.

The Battleship Missouri Memorial Easter sunrise service is a free event and is open to anyone with base access. The inter-denominational service begins at 6:30 a.m. and runs about an hour. Guests are advised to arrive by 6 a.m., and carpooling is encouraged. Dress will be crisp aloha attire.

The chapel is also looking for volunteers to serve before and after the Easter sunrise service. For more information or to volunteer, call the Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel at 473-3971 or email Fruji .mills@navy.mil.

Other Holy Week events include:

Catholic services
* Palm Sunday (Roman Catholic), 8:45 a.m., April 13.
* Holy Thursday, 6 p.m., April 17.
* Good Friday, 6 p.m., April 18.
* Easter Vigil, 7:30 p.m. April 19.
* Easter Sunday, 9 a.m., April 20.

Protestant services
* Palm Sunday, 11 a.m., April 13.
* Foot washing ceremony and dinner, 5:30 p.m., April 16 (Fellowship Hall).
* Easter service, 11 a.m., April 20.

Unless otherwise noted, all services will be held at Pearl Harbor Memorial Chapel. For more information, call 473-3971.

In addition, the Kaneohe Bay Marine Corps Chapel will hold an Easter sunrise service beginning at 5:45 a.m. April 20 at Ft. Hase Beach, Landing Zone Eagle. For more information, call 257-3552.


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