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About 300 Fort Lee community members and guests from the local community listen to a sermon by Deputy Installation Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Pedro Martinez during the 2014 Easter Sunrise Servicen here. The First Logistics Memorial served as the picturesque backdrop for the event that also included music by the 392nd Army Band. (File photo by Patrick Buffett)

FORT LEE, Va. (March 26, 2015) -- An outdoor Easter Sunrise Service is set for April 5, 7 a.m., at the 1st Logistics Memorial in front of the Combined Arms Support Command headquarters building on the corner of Lee and A avenues.

The worship event is open to the public and all religious denominations are invited. The guest speaker for the service is Garrison Chaplain (Col.) Claude Crisp. The title of his message is “Renewing our Faith in the Resurrection.”

“This message is about challenging our beliefs … accepting something as bizarre as someone rising from the dead,” said Crisp. “It is the focal point of all faith for Christians. Without the resurrection, the gospel story is incomplete.”

The sunrise service also will feature a special music performance by Mary Beth Weathington, a former 392nd Army Band musician who now works with the religious support team on the Ordnance Campus. Several Easter hymns are planned during the service with music accompaniment by the Fort Lee band.

This event provides “a great opportunity” for the Fort Lee community to gather in recognition of an important observance within the Christian faith, said Crisp.

“The Sunrise Service is the Christian’s opportunity to express the reality of their faith that the resurrection is the pivotal event in Christian history,” he added. “Everyone is invited and we expect a wonderful time of worship and fellowship.”

Sunrise service attendees are invited to a free breakfast at the Quartermaster Museum, across the street on A Avenue, immediately after the service. In case of inclement weather, the service and breakfast will move to Liberty Chapel, located on the corner of Mahone and C avenues.

All visitors to Fort Lee are reminded that a valid government or state-issued picture identification card is required for anyone 18 years of age or older to access the installation. Due to construction at Sisisky Gate, visitors will need to use the Lee or Mahone Avenue gates.

For further details about the sunrise service, contact the Fort Lee Religious Support Office at (804) 734-6494.