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Originally published Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM

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JBLM chapel reopens in time for Christmas

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

The Associated Press

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. —

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

The News Tribune ( http://is.gd/w9ycSO) reports the 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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Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com

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