Visitation and the Military

Project reader Tom Lochhead, one of our resident Visitation BVM experts, writes in to respond to a letter from another Visitation alum, first posted back in September.

Read Mr. Ciocco's comments and thought that you might like a picture of the Shrine of Our Lady of the Armed Forces which was built during Father Stapleton's pastorate (1932 - 1967). No definite date is mentioned in the parish history but probably during the WW II years. Also, there is a plaque on the outside of the church (captured in your pictures) that honors the fallen parish members from WW I.

This plaque, under the auspices of the Holy Name Society, was unveiled on Sunday, October 12, 1919. A Military Mass was celebrated and medals were distributed to the men of the parish who has served and to the families of the deceased. I've attached a few photos of my grandfather's medal. The front shows an American Eagle and Shield with United States Forces 1917-1918 inscribed on the front and Presented by the Church of the Visitation B.V.M. Philadelphia to Her Boys in the World War inscribed on the back.

Lastly, Rocky's house in Rocky I is located at 1818 East Tusculum Street. Rocky was definitely a Kensington resident.

In case you forgot, here is the Project's picture of said plaque:

And, for your consideration, here are Mr. Lochhead's pictures:

An incredibly cherished relic, no doubt. Thanks for sharing it with us.