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 Be Held On Saturday, MAY 31st

From 11 AM TO 2 PM at Franklin Fire Hall

158 West King Street, Chambersburg, PA


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




Questions? CALL 717- 263-8600


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.


Chambersburg seminars/tours in 2014 kick off with salute to Bearss

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Chambersburg Civil War Seminars and Tours, an initiative of the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce, has announced its schedule for 2014. The seminars will kick off April 4-6 with “A Weekend with Ed Bearss,” followed by three seminars/tours that focus on war events of 1864.

A closer look at each of the four seminars planned in 2014:

●“A Weekend with Ed Bearss,” April 4-6, with the opening day devoted to Bearss’ career highlights and life experiences. Bearss is the chief historian emeritus of the National Park Service and has been a presenter at the Chambersburg seminars/tours since they began in 1989. Bearss is considered the nation’s foremost battlefield tour guide and has written several books about the Civil War. According to historian and author James McPherson, “Many have heard it said that you can take Ed Bearss, plop him blindfolded on a battlefield (Civil War, Revolutionary War, Indian Wars, World War II, it doesn’t really matter), spin him around three times, take off the blindfold, and he will not only tell you where he is, but what happened on the spot he is standing.”

During the weekend, Bearss will discuss his experiences in World War II, including his wounding in 1944, his work on salvaging and restoring the sunken gunboat U.S.S. Cairo; his work on the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads and more, including tributes to him for his more than 60 years of work promoting history. On the second day, April 5, Bearss will lead tours of the Antietam and Gettysburg battlefields. Both are short distances from Chambersburg, where the seminar will be based at Hampton Inn. Sessions on April 6 will include Bearss’ recollections of his interviews with President Lyndon Johnson in the planning and acquisition of the LBJ Ranch for the National Park Service.

A portion of the proceeds of this event will go to a battlefield preservation project of Bearss’ choosing.

●“Wilderness and Spotsylvania,” May 16-18, with tours related to the Spotsylvania battlefields. The seminar will be based in Fredericksburg, Va., at the Fredericksburg Hospitality House Hotel & Conference Center. Historian Robert K. Krick will lead an in-depth tour of this hallowed ground. Participants will get to view sites not often seen on standard tours of these battlefields. Historians Greg Mertz and Steward T. Henderson will lead discussions, too.

●“Terror on the Border: Summer 1864,” July 23-27, with historians Ed Bearss, Jeffry Wert, Mark Neely, Richard Sommers, B.F. Cooling and more. The seminar, based in Chambersburg, begins with an optional tour, “Jubal Early and the Lower Shenandoah Valley,” with Ed Bearss and Jeffry Wert.

The Wednesday/Weekend package begins with a walking tour of Chambersburg, the only town burned by Confederate soldiers north of the Mason-Dixon Line, led by historians Keven Walker and Ted Alexander. Ed Bearss and Steve French will lead a Thursday bus tour, “Chambersburg Avenged: The Road to Moorefield.” Friday’s events include a panel discussion and a Civil War Auction. A Saturday bus tour led by Ed Bearss covers the “Annual Invasion: Early’s Raid and the Battle Monocacy. Sunday’s activities include an optional tour, “Monocacy to Fort Stevens: Early’s Advance on Washington” led by B.F. Cooling.

●“Winchester to Fisher’s Hill,” Sept. 26-28, with historians Ed Bearss, Jeffry Wert, Eric Campbell, Eric Wittenberg and others. The seminar will be based in Chambersburg. The Sept. 27 Saturday tour will include the 3rd Winchester, Cedar Creek and Fisher’s Hill Battlefields. The Sept. 28 activities will include more lectures by nationally recognized historians.

The Chamber of Commerce offers the seminars in partnership with historian Ted Alexander. Pricing varies: Participants may attend the entire seminar or particular days.

For more information on the Civil War seminars, or to receive a brochure, call Lark Plessinger at 717-264-7101, Ext. 206, or visit www.chambersburgcivilwarseminars.org.

Co-sponsoring the tours are the Franklin County Visitors Bureau and the Hagerstown and Washington County (Md.) Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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.