Armed Forces Day POW*MIA Remembrance Service, Saturday, May 16, 2015, Letterkenny Chapel

This is the 70th Anniversary Year of the 1945 Construction and Dedication of the Letterkenny Chapel by the Vatican Ambassador to the United States.  In October of this year, will be the 70th Anniversary of the Repatriation of Italian Prisoners of War; 1207 were held at Letterkenny Army Depot during World War II.

Alan R. Perry is Professor of Italian and Chair of the Italian Studies Department at Gettysburg College. He received his Ph.D in Italian Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1998, and his primary area of scholarly interest is Italy in World War II and the Cold War. He has published two books and several articles in these areas and is currently working on a book with an Italian colleague Flavio Giovanni Conti entitled “Italian POWs in Pennsylvania 1944 – 1945: Allies on the Home Front.” He teaches all levels of Italian language courses at Gettysburg and especially enjoys his topic courses on Modern Italian History, Italian Culture, Italian American Culture, Dante’s Commedia, and Italy in World War II: Cinema and Novel.

Also to be featured and speaking at the Service will be The Honorable Andrea Canepari, Consul General of Italy in Philadelphia; photo below:

Colonel Victor S. Hagan, Commander, Letterkenny Army Depot, will offer the Depot Welcome, and Justin Slep, USMC, Retired, Director of the Franklin County Veterans Affairs Office, will speak on Veterans and POW”s in Franklin County.

Color Guard will be Cadets from the Naval Junior R.O.T.C., Chambersburg Area Senior High School, under the direction of Naval Instructor, Master Sergeant Louis Montney, USMC, Retired.
Special Features of the Service will be Vocal Presentations by Henry J. Guarriello, Jr. and Richard diRenzi, accompanied by Ms. Myrna Gowing on Piano.   They will sing “Ave Maria” and “Panis Angelicus”.
Lieutenant Colonel Charles “Chuck” Lucas, USAF Retired, Post Commander, Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599, will present the POW Code of Conduct.
Local Clergy and Religious will participate in the Service, including, Deacon Richard Ramsey, Corpus Christi Catholic Church; The Reverend Dr. Allie Harper, Jr., John Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church; Cheryl Wauls, Congregation Sons of Israel; Chaplain (LTC) Paul L. Yeun, USAF Retired, Chambersburg Hospital; and The Reverend Dr. William H. Harter, Pastor Emeritus, The Presbyterian Church of Falling Spring.
Following the Service, the late John C. “Jack” Good, Arborist, will be memorialized with the Dedication of two Japanese Tree Lilac (Ivory Silk) trees planted in front of the Chapel.
The Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599 will present a traditional Rifle Salute, which will be followed by the playing of Taps by the Falling Spring Brass Choir, Directed by David Wenerd.

Upcoming Veterans Day Service

Our upcoming Veterans Day Service will be on Sunday, November 9, 2014, 3:00 p.m. The Keynote Speaker is Chaplain (LTC) Richard E. Denison, Jr., USA, Retired. He is currently serving as Pastor, Waggoners United Methodist Church, Carlisle, PA.

9/11 Memorial Service

On Sunday, September 7, 2014, 3:00 p.m. will be the “9/11 Service”.  The Keynote Speaker is Lawrence M. (Larry) Weber, recently retired Senior Pastor at Grace Brethren Church in Waynesboro, PA.  His home on September 11, 2001 was two miles from the impact site of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA.

Participating will be the VFW Honor Guard, Brass Ensemble, and Community Chorus.

Free Spaghetti Dinner to Veterans, Active Duty, and Guests

TO HONOR OUR VETERANS

SPAGHETTI DINNER

To Be Held On Saturday, MAY 31st

From 11 AM TO 2 PM at Franklin Fire Hall

158 West King Street, Chambersburg, PA

SPAGHETTI, MEATBALLS, GARLIC BREAD, COFFEE, TEA, LEMONADE, AND DESSERT

will be provided free to our VETERANS, ACTIVE DUTY and THEIR GUESTS as a

THANK YOU FROM DR. PAUL ORANGE FOR PROTECTING THIS GREAT NATION BECAUSE OF YOU

AMERICA REMAINS THE LAND OF THE FREE AND

THE HOME OF THE BRAVE!

Questions? CALL 717- 263-8600

GOD BLESS YOU AND GOD BLESS AMERICA

POW*MIA Remembrance service at letterkenny chapel


POW*MIA Remembrance service at letterkenny chapel

The United Churches of the Chambersburg Area and the Historic Letterkenny Chapel and Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park Committee, will conduct a POW*MIA Remembrance Service, at the Historic Letterkenny Chapel.  The Chapel Service will be held on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 17, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., on Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, PA.

The guest speaker will be Chaplain (COL) Bruce Farrell (ARNG, Retired), who has served as a U. S. Army Chaplain at all levels of the Army National Guard for more than 22 years, before retiring.  Chaplain Farrell currently serves as Pastor, United Church of Christ Parish, Womelsdorf, PA.

Special music will be presented by the Falling Spring Brass Choir, under the direction of David Wenerd, and the Community Chorus, under the direction of Marcel Coates.

During the Chapel Service, a special POW*MIA presentation will be offered by the Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599.

Immediately following the Chapel Service, an outdoor ribbon cutting ceremony for the final phase of the “Military Walk of History” will be conducted by the Franklin County Commissioners.  The Ceremony will conclude with a rifle salute by the VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard, and the playing of Taps by the Falling Spring Brass Choir, as final tribute to the nation’s Veterans.

For further information, please contact:  Paul Cullinane, Program Coordinator, (717) 263-2838.

 

9/11 Service 9/7/2014

The Keynote Speaker is Lawrence M. (Larry) Weber, recently retired Senior Pastor at Grace Brethren Church in Waynesboro, PA. His home on September 11, 2001 was two miles from the impact site of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA.