Wednesday, October 21, 2020

2020 Cathedral Veterans' Service


The Cathedral Church of St. Paul

The Very Reverend S. Scott Hunter, Dean

4800 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, Michigan 48201

313.831.5000   fax: 313.831.0471


October 20, 2020

The American Legion Coleman A. Young Post 202

76 East Forest

Detroit, MI. 48201


Dear Mr. Chatman,


            It is with deep regret that the Cathedral Church of St. Paul will be unable to host its 57th Veterans' Day Service in-person at the Cathedral this fall. Concern over the likelihood that the Covid-19 virus will still be with us, has driven us to this sad decision, but we would like to assure you that we still plan to express our thanks to our Veterans and First Responders in a different but meaningful way on Sunday November 8th, 2020 at 4:00 pm.

             Instead of actually gathering in Detroit at the Cathedral, we are planning a special and unique service of thanksgiving which will be broadcast on the internet using our YouTube channel. This will be accessible by going to our website at, selecting the "prayer & Worship Resources" page and then clicking on the appropriate YouTube button.

            The emphasis of this service is thanksgiving – an expression of our profound appreciation for all who have served the pursuit of freedom and peace in service to their country, regardless of their race, religion or ethnic background.  To this end, we include all who have served in the armed forces of the United States, Canada and our Allied Nations. We will also honor First Responders and those who serve in state and local police and fire departments.

Our celebration will include music from members of our choir with traditional trumpet and bagpipe selections. Our speaker will be Richard Chatman, a great leader in Veterans' affairs in South Eastern Michigan.

            If you are seeking a way to say "thank you", to offer prayers for comrades still serving, or to remember those who have fallen, we look forward to being with you virtually on Nov. 8th. 

            To find the service on YouTube you can click on the link on our website at, after 3:00 pm on Sunday November 8th. On a smart TV just search "Cathedral Church of St Paul" on YouTube. In 2021 we will be excited to be able to welcome all of you to return to the Cathedral for our 58th Veterans' Day Service.


Grace and peace,


The Very Reverend S. Scott Hunter, D.Min.                LCDR Robert W. Prout, USNR Retired

Dean, Cathedral Church of St. Paul                             Chairman, Veterans' Service Committee