Interior of Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel
Image by J. Stephen Conn
The Fort Snelling Veterans Memorial Chapel, was built in 1927 after Sunday School children requested a post chapel. Permission to build was granted by the War Department.
The chapel is primarily a house of worship. It is also designed to be a monument to the patriotism, the moral earnestness and the convictions of the people of Minnesota. It provides a shrine where the "family of those who have died for America may come, as on a holy pilgrimage, and offer up their thanks to Almighty God for the precious gift of friends who have been so fondly loved, and are now lost awhile."
Fort Snelling was deactivated as a military post in 1947. AFter sitting unused until the mid 1960′s, it is once again alive and well. It is open for tourists to Fort Snelling on weekends. Weekly Sunday non-denominational services are conducted by the Fort Snelling Memorial Chapel Foundation. It is also used for weddings, funerals, and other special occasions.
The Chapel houses more than 80 memorials such as: a stained glass window that bears the coat of arms of the Third Infantry Regiment, oldest in the U.S. Army, which was once stationed at Fort Snelling.
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