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Annual Pilgrimage to Pilsen will be Nov. 11

The seventh annual military Pilgrimage to Pilsen, home of Korean War hero and Chaplain Father Emil Kapaun, will take place on Veteran’s Day.

Mass will be celebrated at St. John Nepomucene Church at 11 a.m. by the Most Rev. Timothy Paul Broglio, Archbishop of the Military Services, USA.

Prayers for Kapaun’s beatification, military honors, and a wreath-laying ceremony will follow at the memorial on church grounds.

On Sept. 29, Rep. Todd Tiahrt of the Fourth Congressional District, received word from Secretary of the Army, Pete Geren, that Kapaun has been approved to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

Chaplain Kapaun, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita, died May 23, 1951, while a prisoner of war in prison camp No. 5, Pyoktong, North Korea.

Kapaun, having volunteered to stay behind to care for the wounded, was captured by North Korean and Chinese forces on Nov. 2, 1950. He spent his remaining months providing physical and spiritual aid to his fellow soldiers and prisoners of war.

The Medal of Honor is to be awarded for his heroic service prior to and during his imprisonment. The award awaits final approval of Congress and the President.

The event is open to all with a special invitation to military members, reservists, and veterans.

Last modified Oct. 29, 2009

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