FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) Army officials and members of Congress broke ground Monday on a $15.5 million religious complex at Fort Leavenworth. It will replace a historic church that stood 112 years before burning in 2001.
The complex will have a chapel with a main sanctuary that can seat 600 and could be expanded to hold 1,200. It also will have classrooms and be connected to a smaller chapel. Soldiers have used smaller chapels since the former St. Ignatius building burned.
Fort Leavenworth is the Army's oldest post west of the Mississippi River. Worship services began there in 1828.