Memorial Mass Scheduled TONIGHT for Vietnam War Hero Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM

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WHAT: A Memorial Mass for Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, a United States Military Chaplain and Vietnam War hero, on the 45th anniversary of his death on a battlefield in Vietnam. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, will be the main celebrant.

WHERE: The Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

WHEN: 6:30 TONIGHT, September 4, 2012.

BACKGROUND: This annual Mass is celebrated in memory of Father Vincent R. Capodanno, MM, a Catholic Military Chaplain and U.S. Navy Lieutenant who was killed in Vietnam on September 4, 1967 as he gave physical and spiritual assistance to wounded and dying Marines of the 1st Marine Division during a battle with the North Vietnamese Army. Father Capodanno posthumously received the Medal of Honor, and in May 2006 the Catholic Church officially proclaimed him a Servant of God formally initiating his Cause for Beatification.

The Mass is open to the public and will be broadcast live on EWTN.

Military members are encouraged to wear the uniform of the day and civilians, business attire.

Media coverage is welcomed.