Four Chaplains Annual Celebration
Feb 6, 2022
The Four Chaplains gave their lives in World War II to save other civilian and military personnel as the troop ship SS Dorchester sank on February 3, 1943 . During the early morning hours of February 3 the vessel was torpedoed by the German submarine U-233 off Newfoundland in the North Atlantic.
The Four Chaplains were last seen standing arm in arm at the top of the ship singing hymns as the Dorchester sank beneath the waves. Of the 920 men who left left Pier 12 in Stapleton, Staten Island on January 23, 1943, en route to Greenland, only 230 were saved from the icy waters by rescue craft. In addition to the four chaplains, 668 men were lost with the ship.
They were the Rev. George L. Fox, a Methodist minister; Alexander D. Goode, a rabbi; the Rev. Clark V. Poling, a Dutch Reformed minister; the Rev. John P. Washington, a Catholic priest.
We are pleased to be the site of the 2022 annual memorial celebration
on Staten Island presented by the Four Chaplains Foundation and
The United Staten Island Veterans Organization Inc.
Port Richmond's "Banner Celebration" 2022
May 21, 2022
Join us on Armed Forces Day at the Historic Reformed Church of Port Richmond (54 Port Richmond Avenue), as we celebrate the second year of our "Port Richmond Honors our Veterans" Celebration. Meet the veterans featured on this year's banners and celebrate with family and friends their dedication to our country. After launch ceremony, guest can learn about the veterans with Tour of our historic burial grounds, and then take self guided tours on Port Richmond Avenue, visiting local businesses along Port Richmond Avenue and enjoy special offers for tour participants.
Staten Island Memorial Day Parade
May 30, 2022
Join us on Memorial Day at the Parade on Forest Avenue. We have been invited by the parade committee to march each year to share the news of our Banner Veterans.
Flag Day the Port Richmond Way
June 11, 2022
Drive down Port Richmond Avenue. See our American Flag fly proudly in front of all of our local businesses as they beautifully accompany our veteran's banners.
Drive down Decker Avenue through a canopy of flags donated by local residents and businesses.
You can deposit an old or damaged flag at the following locations:
North Shore Post, 49 The Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10314 VFW Post 7172
Marine Corps League - 46 Ontario Ave, Staten Island, NY 10301
Borough Hall - 10 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, NY 10301
July - Spotlight on Veterans Park
July 30, 2022
Staten Island's oldest city park is the Port Richmond Village Green, which is known as Veterans Park. This will be our second annual celebration of our park. We will have a tent with information about the Banners project, free self-guided tour maps, and lots of history and information about participating in Veterans Voices.
September 11 - Candlelight Vigil
Sept 11, 2022
Join us at the Historic Reformed Church of Port Richmond (54 Port Richmond Avenue) for a special service for the heroes of this historic day.
October 26 - Taste of Port Richmond
Oct 26, 2022
Join us for our fourth annual "Taste of Port Richmond" at the Historic Reformed Church of Port Richmond (54 Port Richmond Avenue). A celebration of community service, business and culture -- all made possible by those who served, and continue to protect us today.
Veteran's Day Celebration
Nov 5, 2022
Special thank you ceremony for all our living Veterans. With a complimentary coffee hour and site tours.
National Wreaths Across America Day
Dec 17, 2022
A special "thank you" to our veterans from 1776 to 2022. This is part of the National Celebration created by Congress. The goal, that a wreath be placed on every Veteran grave on the same day each December.