No shutdown at chapel in Valley Forge
VALLEY FORGE - In a world surrounded on all sides by the federal government shutdown, there is one oasis, and it's called the Washington Memorial Chapel.
No, it's not in Washington. It's in Valley Forge National Historical Park. Though the park is all around, the chapel sits on 44 acres that is its own property - not the U.S. government's.
The churchyard and cemetery have been private property since 1905, said the Rev. Roy Almquist, the chapel's interim rector.
Since the government shutdown began Oct. 1, the church has held three or four weddings, a funeral, and other events, Almquist said. Only its small gift shop has suffered with the lack of tourists.
Lawmakers will have to keep trying on their own, as they did Monday, to resolve differences over the country's debt and budget. Almquist said there already has been divine intervention.
"The good Lord has given us brains," he said. "Why don't we use them?"
- Carolyn Davis