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.