On my awesome trip to New York, which I’ve been blogging about here and here, I got to visit Times Square!
I saw a very interesting thing there—this Cross.
This Cross commemorates Lt. Col. Francis Duffy, the most decorated chaplain in US military history. Lt. Col. Duffy, an Irish Catholic, served with the 69th Infantry/165th Infantry in the Spanish-American War, and in Europe during World War I.
The following is from SixtyNinth.net:
He was most often found along the front lines hearing confessions and saying Mass, as well as visiting and counseling the soldiers. It was by his “ministry of presence” that he had his greatest influence and became an almost a legendary figure. Once the fighting began, he often traveled with a unit first-aid station, providing physical and spiritual care to the wounded and the dying. His presence on the battlefield was inspirational. Duffy was always near the heaviest fighting, exposing himself to constant danger as he moved from unit to unit. His decorations included the Distinguished Service Cross and the Distinguished Service Medal.
And there’s a statue of Lt. Col. Duffy on the other side.
Holding a Bible.
It’s so neat that this brave man of God is commemorated in this special, public way!
Read more about Lt. Col. Duffy at NYC Parks and SixtyNinth.