As Fort Bragg Soldiers deal with over 10 years at war, the importance of this year’s Easter Sunrise Service in the newly constructed All American Chapel cannot be understated.

Marking the first time that most Fort Bragg troops have been home, the service will be held, Sunday, from 7 to 8 a.m., at the chapel, located in the middle of the 82nd Airborne Corps Division area on Ardennes Street.

The chapel will be a showcase to retirees and people who live in the area, said Chaplain (Maj.) Stanton D. Trotter, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade chaplain, and a native of southern California.

“When the retirees and local people and Families who are not in the habit of coming to chapel (arrive), they’re going to be amazed,” Trotter said.

According to a Fort Bragg Public Affairs Office January press release, the All American Chapel covers 22,600 square feet, can host 600, congregants and features a worship and activity center, baptistery and sacristy suites and other amenities. The facility was dedicated Jan. 14.

The featured guest speaker for the sunrise service will be Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Robert Van Antwerp, a former chief of engineers and commanding general of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Van Antwerp said the title of his message will be “Three Days in March,” which refer pertain to Good Friday; Holy Saturday (the tomb) and Easter Sunday (the resurrected Christ).

Following the sunrise service, an Easter brunch will be served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Fort Bragg Club. Cost is $17.95 for adults, $9 for children ages six to 11, and free for children, 5 and under.

An Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 2 p.m.

For more information about the Easter Sunrise Service, contact Trotter at 396-3240.

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