Why We Need A Chapel
“It must be of the spirit if we are to save the flesh.”
– General Douglas MacArthur
The image of the American soldier is one that resonates throughout the history of our nation. Strong, courageous, highly trained and unyielding in battle, they shoulder a heavy and terrible burden as they leave behind their lives and their families to go about the business of defending our nation. Over the past 60 years, they have arrived by the thousands at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma, to prepare themselves physically, mentally and spiritually to think and to fight as warriors.
For a large portion of those years, however, the young men and women of Camp Gruber have done without the benefit of a chapel in which to seek spiritual refuge and guidance. Following a recent tour of the camp and, noting this marked absence, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin called for the construction of a new chapel to be funded through private donations. After a meeting of camp staff to propose a building site, the Camp Gruber Chapel Fund was formed in partnership with the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, and the fundraising effort began in earnest for the Thunderbird Chapel at Camp Gruber.