Chapel of the High-Speed Pass (Now Open)
The Chapel’s primary mission is to provide for the free exercise of religion for the Northeast Florida Community giving priority to military service members, veterans and their families. The vision is to bring awareness to a Historical Chapel which served thousands of military personnel and their families for many years prior to the base’s deactivation. The Chapel will memorialize all who were lost while serving at NAS Cecil Field, honor those still MIA (Missing in Action) and provide moral support for the families who seek their return.
The organization’s objective is to educate the American Public about those who were held against their will, POW (Prisoner of War), and those still MIA (Missing in Action) and Unaccounted For from all branches of the military.
To preserve the historic significance of the Cecil Field Memorial Chapel, and will be utilized as a military chapel for ceremonies, weddings, memorial services and retirements.
The Missing Man Pew represents there is always a seat and a place for our U.S. Service Personnel Missing in Action/Unaccounted for. We will never forget you and support the efforts of the fullest possible accounting.
“This pew is the most crowded in history, even though no one will ever actually sit there. Everyone who visits our chapel will look over and see someone different occupying the pew, and hopefully it makes them as proud as we are to honor them. We can never do enough.”
Albert “Buddy” Harris
dedication of the Chapel of the High-Speed Pass, March 29, 2019
It was the evening of Feb. 2, 1943, and the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was crowded to capacity, carrying 902 service men, merchant seamen and civilian workers.
Once a luxury coastal liner, the 5,649-ton vessel had been converted into an Army transport ship. The Dorchester, one of three ships in the SG-19 convoy, was moving steadily across the icy waters from Newfoundland toward an American base in Greenland. SG-19 was escorted by Coast Guard Cutters Tampa, Escanaba and Comanche.
Rev. Patrick Archuleta
(United States Air Force, Retired)
Jesus Loves Veterans
Rev. Patrick Archuleta serves as the Chaplain for The Chapel of The High-Speed Pass at Cecil Field. He is on the Board of Directors of the National POW/MIA Memorial & Museum, Inc. He also serves as the Chaplain of the Jacksonville National Cemetery Support Committee.
Reverend Archuleta is an Ecclesiastical Endorsed Community Chaplain and an Ordained Minister with the General Council of the Assemblies of God Fellowship.
He serves as the Official Representative of the Assemblies of God Chaplaincy Ministries to the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. Chaplain Archuleta retired from the United States Air Force after serving on active duty for thirty years.
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The Chapel will be offering the ability to schedule services such as weddings, funerals, and memorials starting in the Fall of 2020