Seventy years ago, Dec. 1, 1941, the Civil Air Patrol was signed into existence by administrative order of Frank LaGuardia, director of the Office of Civil Defense, just six days before the advent of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. CAP's mission during World War II to patrol the coasts for enemy submarines and help protect the nation's shipping lanes resulted in over 500,000 hours spent in flight to fulfill that mandate.
The Civil Air Patrol held its annual Cadet Sunday service Dec. 12 at the Hill Historic Chapel at the Aerospace Museum, in fitting with the tradition to take the opportunity to meet on a Sunday, hold a memorial for fallen comrades with the Utah Wing Cadets Honor Guard, and associate with one another.
The organization has met in the Historic Chapel for the last 15 years except for 2001 due to security concerns about its location near the base, said Chaplain (Lt. Col.) (Ret.) Stuart Boyd.