UPDATE: The remains of Father Emil Kapaun arrived in Wichita on Saturday morning at Eisenhower National Airport. The remains were returned to the Kapaun family earlier in the week in Honolulu.
A procession took the remains to Pilsen, Father Kapaun’s hometown, in Marion County. They will be brought back to Wichita for a vigil and services on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The chaplaincy service at Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center will be offering a home welcome service on Thursday, September 30, in honor of Father Emil Kapaun from Pilsen, KS. The service will begin at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Wichita, 525 N. Broadway.
Bro. Kapaun served as a chaplain in the United States Army during World War II and the Korean War. He died in a Korean POW camp and was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for acts of bravery and fearlessness beyond the call of duty. His remains were recently identified as part of a Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency project and returned to Kansas.
With seats already full for Bro. Kapaun’s funeral and internment on September 29, VA service offers another opportunity for veterans and the community to remember and honor Fr. Kapaun.
For more information, contact the Dole VA Chaplaincy Department at 316-685-2221, ext. 53430.