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Scecina's annual pilgrimage to honor Father Scecina

Each year when Scecina students visit the nation’s capital for the annual March to Life, they make a special side trip to Arlington National Cemetery. 

In an area called Chaplains Hill sits the Catholic Chaplains Monument, which honors Catholic military chaplains who died while serving in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. 

Father Thomas Scecina, for whom Scecina is named, is among the 83 names on the monument. Father Tom was a priest with the Archdiocese of Indianapolis who served God and country as a military chaplain during World War II before perishing at sea with other U.S. prisoners of war in 1944. He was one of 70 priests who lost their lives during WWII. 

This year, 48 students and five chaperones again visited the monument and paid their respects to Father Tom for his sacrifice. Click here to watch the video of this year’s Scecina visit to the monument

At the site, Principal Joe Brettnacher, led the group in prayer. “Let us never let us forget those sacrifices and always help us be grateful for what they have done to protect our freedom,” he said. 

Chaplains Hill is located in Section 2 of the cemetery. The Catholic Chaplains Monument inscription reads: “May God Grant Peace To Them And To The Nation They Served So Well." It was dedicated on May 21, 1989, and is one of four monuments to military chaplains situated on Chaplain’s Hill.

It’s been 14 years since the students started visiting the monument. Catholic Theology teacher Margaret Zeh Fulford and a group of students first tried to locate the plaque in 2005 on a very cold and icy day at Arlington. “Right when we were about to give up because we were ice blocks someone found it,” she said 

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