The United Churches of the Chambersburg Area and its Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park Committee, will conduct a 9/11 Memorial Service on the occasion of the 12th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on America.  The Chapel Service will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2013, at 3:00 p.m., at the Letterkenny Chapel on Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, PA.

The guest speakers will be: The Honorable Bill Shuster, Congressman, 9th Congressional District, United States Congress, and Chief Terry L. Shaffer, the retired Fire Chief of the Shanksville Volunteer Fire Department, Shanksville, PA.  Chief Shaffer served in that position during the forced crash of United Airlines Flight 93, on September 11, 2001, which took the lives of 40 passengers and crew members.  Congressman Shuster was responsible for obtaining the World Trade Center Artifacts that are permanently displayed at the Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park adjacent to the Letterkenny Chapel.

Special music will be presented by David Wenerd and the Falling Spring Brass Choir, Marcel Coates and the Community Chorus, and organist Patti Plasterer.

Immediately following the Memorial Service the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Flag Display will be raised and the 9/11 Memorial Time Capsule will be dedicated.  The Ceremony will conclude with a 21-gun rifle salute and the playing of Echo Taps, as final tribute to those Citizens and First Responders lost on that fateful day in our nation’s history.

The raising of the sponsored EMS Flag Display completes 12 of the planned 13 flag displays at the Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park. The Law Enforcement (Police) Flag Display remains to be sponsored and raised.  A public chicken BBQ will be held on Sunday, September 22nd, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the former Jennings Chevrolet Dealership parking lot, at the corner of North Second and Grant Streets.  Smith’s BBQ will serve their famous chicken and all after cost proceeds will help fund the Police Flag Display, honoring fallen and serving Police Officers.  The committee hopes and expects to raise the Police Flag Display at the Veterans Day Service on Sunday, November 10th, at the Letterkenny Chapel.

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