May 10 2011
A year from now, a new chapel center is expected to open at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
State leaders broke ground Monday, where construction gets underway on the project Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del) says is long overdue.
"This new chapel center will give Dover Air Force Base something that it sorely lacks at this moment – a place of worship for the airmen and women at Dover as well as a sanctuary for the families of the dignified transfers that are here to welcome home their loved ones," said Sen. Carper.
All of the military's fallen come through Dover AFB, the military's mortuary.
Additionally, the 300-seat chapel will provide a place to receive counseling services and religious education.
In fiscal year 2010, the Delaware delegation secured $7.5 million in funding to construct the center. The estimated completion date for the project is May 2012.