A tribute to brother Joseph Dutton's legacyUPDATED 10:34 PM HST Nov 10, 2013Video Transcript
recognizes and honors our military tomorrow, one veteran of the Civil War is being remembered on the campus of St. Francis school. The tribute to an unlikely hero. He stands at attention in the center of the school round- about, a young man, eager for action. This is what he looked like after enlisting in the 13th Wisconsin Infantry. But THIS is how we are used to seeing him, Brother Joseph Dutton of Kalaupapa. Devoted friend of Father Damien, helpmate of Mother Marianne. 4:35 AS SOON AS THE STATUE WENT UP EVERYBODY ASKED WHO IS HE, IS THAT FRANCIS? WAS FRANCIS IN THE MILITARY SO IT GAVE THE RELIGION TEACHES A WONDERFUL OPPORTUNITY TO TALK ABOUT BROTHER DUTTON. The statue was designed by the late Larry Helm, Vietnam vet and Moloka'i veterans activist... and commissioned by philanthropist John Perreira. The purpose: to remind us that Brother Dutton's sense of duty came first from serving his country. 5:5:19 WHAT WE'RE TEACHING THEM YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A PRIEST, BROTHER OR SISTER TO DO GOOD. HE WAS A LAY MAN WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR THOSE IN NEED ALONG WITH THE SISTERS AND FATHER DAIMEN ON KALAUPAPA. The sponsors hope to create a groundswell of support for Brother Dutton's canonization. If successful, he would be Hawaii's third saint.