The 10th annual Archdioceses of the Military Services Pilgrimage to Pilsen will take place on Veteran’s Day on Sunday. Pilsen is the home of Korean War hero and Chaplain Father Emil J. Kapaun.
Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. at St. John Nepomucene Church, Holy Family Parish, Pilsen. Celebrants will include the Rev. Monsignor Frank A. Pugliese, Vicar General of the Archdiocese for Military Services and visiting Chaplains and Priests of the Dioceses of Kansas. Following mass there will be a posting of military honors and wreath laying ceremony at the Kapaun Statue on the church grounds. A luncheon will follow in the church hall.
On Sept. 28, 2009, Secretary of the Army Pete Geren announced that Father Emil Kapaun had been approved by the Army to receive the Medal of Honor. Congressman Todd Tiahrt introduced legislation to Congress for their approval for Father Kapaun to be awarded this honor. The legislation has yet to be approved.