Times Square ceremony honors Father Duffy of world war I fame

NEW YORK – The Roman Catholic archbishop of New York joined the New York National Guard leaders in Times Square for a ceremony in commemoration of the centennial of the battlefield service of a legendary Army chaplain.

Father Francis Duffy was a Canadian-born priest who served as chaplain of the 69th Infantry Regiment in the first world War In France in 1918, he was known for the operation, which for the U.s. soldiers in the trenches.

Duffy, who died on June 26, 1932, remains one of the most decorated chaplain in US Military history.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan is a member of the National Guard chief chaplain and officers of the National WWI Centennial on Wednesday morning the Father Duffy statue in Times Square to lay a memorial wreath.

Father Duffy’s statue was inaugurated on Times Square, north end in 1937.

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