The News Tribune reportedthe oldest chapel on the base has been closed since last year. On Christmas Eve, it was filled to capacity with soldiers, family members and veterans for a traditional holiday service.
The 78-year-old chapel retains its historic feel, with some modern improvements such as elevators and an updated kitchen.
Lewis-McChord has seven chapels and several decommissioned houses of worship that now serve new purposes. Its newest was built in 2008 at a cost of $8.2 million.
The classic one that reopened for Christmas cost $90,000 when it was built. It has stained-glass windows and a brick a facade that blends in with the oldest buildings on the base.
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