Easter Sunrise Service Aboard 'Mighty Mo'

Story Number: NNS090414-26Release Date: 4/14/2009 7:02:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (AW) Eric J. Cutright, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Hawaii

FORD ISLAND, Hawaii (NNS) -- Navy and Army chaplains hosted a special Easter Sunrise Service aboard the USS Missouri Memorial April 12.

The Easter service was delivered by Capt. Douglas Waite, command chaplain for Commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Commander, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, along with Army Capt. Nate McLean, Army chaplain.

The religious service was open to the general public and more than 800 guests were in attendance.

"Several years back the Navy and the Army combined together to do an Easter sunrise service on the battleship Missouri," said Waite. "For some reason they decided that the Missouri would be a great venue for having the Easter sunrise service, and what a beautiful place it is with the sun coming up and being out here on the water."

Also during the service, music was played by the Navy and Army praise bands with a special song, "I Will Rise," sung by Grace Faichney along with Army Lt. Col. Aaron Zook.

Apart from the religious aspects of the service, Lt. Col. Alan Woodard said having the event aboard the USS Missouri Memorial was special by itself.

"It means a lot especially to me because my family is from Missouri," said Woodard. "My grandfather served in the Navy during World War II aboard an aircraft carrier, and I called my grandmother this morning and told her I was standing on the deck of the Missouri, so it means a lot for my family back home to do this."

Waite delivered the benediction to close the service. Afterward, a continental breakfast was provided for those in attendance.

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