Base’s chapel reopens in time for Christmas

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD — The main chapel at Joint Base Lewis-McChord has reopened after a $5.5 million renovation, just in time for Christmas.

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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