Shrapnel, swords and bayonets crown Christ’s head in the small side chapel, tucked between the expansive Gothic nave and another small room, the Children’s Chapel. Stained-glass figures of war heroes – from Richard the Lion-Hearted to Nathan Hale – look down on Linda Strating as she addresses her tour group on its last stop, the War Memorial Chapel of Washington National Cathedral.
“I think it’s so appropriate that the soldiers are protecting the children. Even the way [the builders] juxtaposed everything. … Everything has a meaning,” she says.
It was this meaning that inspired Ms. Strating, a volunteer docent at the cathedral, to craft the military-themed tour called Service and Sacrifice.