Kapooka Soldiers Chapel
On the Sunday after the March Out, family and friends may attend the church services held at the Soldiers’ Chapel. If you wish to attend, your details need to be provided to the Company Second in Command prior to the March Out parade. The church services begin at 9:00 am and all visitors wishing to attend are required to arrive at the Kapooka front gate by 8:30 am to be transported to the Soldiers’ Chapel by bus (again privately vehicles are not permitted to enter). On arrival at the front gate, visitors will be provided with a security brief by duty staff prior to being transported to the Soldiers’ Chapel.
The Chapel was officially opened on 31st October 1993 by LTGEN J.C Grey AO, Chief of the General Staff. Importantly, the Chapel was built by Army engineers; mainly 21 Construction Squadron.
The right wing of the dove is the Catholic section of the Chapel, the left wing is the Anglican section and the body and the tail are home to the Protestant denominations. The neck and head of the dove face the eastern valley overlooking recruit training. All three Chapel sections conduct concurrent services at 9am and 1015am each Sunday morning. However, for special occasions, it is possible to open up the dividing doors, turn all the chairs around to face the entrance, and conduct a combined service seating up to 900 people.
The glass doors of the Chapel have been embossed with the insignia of various Corps of the Army. In front of the Soldiers Chapel is the Memorial wall. This wall is designed to carry bronze plaques for units, corps and associations of the Army in memory of soldiers who have served in the Armed Forces and especially those who have paid the supreme sacrifice. At the entrance of the Chapel you will see an upturned rifle with bayonet and helmet used in World War 1. This symbolises a soldier who has fallen in battle, either wounded or dead, and needs help. It has been embedded into a piece of rock that was brought back from Anzac Cove after the 75th anniversary of the events in Gallipoli.