New Harmony: Air Force chapel embodies reaching for heaven

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  • floridian navarre, fl
    July 2, 2012 9:54 p.m.

    As an early graduate of the Academy I truly appreciate the Chapel. During our reunions it is where we hold our memorial service to honor those of our classmates no longer with us. The Chapel took one additional year to be accepted, as the Air Force refused to accept the Chapel until it was finished (fixed), unlike most of the original buildings. We understood, at the time, that each of the 17 spires represented each member of the Congressional committee that approved the funding for it. (LOL) During the '61-'62 academic year there was concern for the numerous water leaks occurring, as I understood it, 'cause the Chapel settled slightly more than anticipated. Each weekend the fire trucks were out hosing down the Chapel, the inspections took place, leaks fixed, and the whole process was repeated, every week for a full year. The weddings anticipated to take place in June '62 were held elsewhere, including mine.

  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    July 2, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    My training is in architecture and I truly appreciated this article. It is inspiring when talents and materials can be combined into such a masterpiece.

    Over the years I have marveled at many architectural efforts. Those which lose their luster, in mind, are those which were designed to glorify men, or a man. Those which were designed to glorify God, or at least to life the human soul, to honor our surroundings and express appreciation for life - always have a lasting beauty which seems to transcend the changing styles and fashions.