Fort Hood remembrance event brings unity, spirituality to community

Fort Hood remembrance event brings unity, spirituality to community
Stones with words and names honoring 9/11 adorn the Prayer Garden outside the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel at Fort Hood, Texas, Sept. 10. Photo credit Fort Hood Public Affairs/Dave Larsen

In the spirit of unity, the Garrison Chaplain’s Office here hosted a Sept. 11, 2001, Interfaith Remembrance Ceremony in the Spirit of Fort Hood Chapel Sanctuary, Sept. 10.

“As the garrison chaplain, I have oversight for all the religious support activity that occurs in our chapels,” Chaplain (Col.) Darren Chester said. “There are a few times throughout the year that seem appropriate to bring all those services together to kind of celebrate community, build unity, and just have our folks get to know each other a little bit more. 9/11 is one of them.”

He added, “It’s a great opportunity to build community because all of these religions were affected by this — the people in the towers, the Pentagon, in those planes represented just about every major religion in America. It affected all of us.”

The event, with approximately 80 in attendance, was more about spirituality than religion.

“Spirituality is the capability every person has to commune with God, or a higher power, however people define it,” Chester said. “It’s inherent in every single person. Religion is simply an organized way for people to do that, so they can come together and do it together.”