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Veterans Day services planned in area communities

November 10, 2004|from staff reports

Veterans Day services in Pennsylvania and West Virginia include:

- The annual Veterans Day service at the Letterkenny Chapel near Chambersburg, Pa., will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

Lt. Col. William C. Gibson will be guest speaker. A member of the class of 2005 at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa., he served a number of posts including commander of the 840th U.S. Army Transportation Battalion in Turkey.

Gary Patterson, piper, and Ferree LeFevre, director of music at St. John's UCC in Chambersburg, will provide music.

Members of the Charles Nitterhouse Post 1599, Veterans of Foreign Wars, will present and retire the colors.

The service is sponsored by the United Churches of the Chambersburg area and the Joint Veterans Council of Chambersburg.

- The Joint Veterans Council of the Chambersburg Area will hold a parade and Veterans Day service Thursday morning.

Parade participants will assemble at the intersection of Lincoln Way East and Fifth Avenue at 9:45 a.m. with the parade beginning at approximately 10:15 a.m. and proceeding west to Memorial Square.

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Robert F. Harris, director of the Franklin County Veterans Affairs Office, will be the main speaker at the 11 a.m. service on the square. Opening remarks will be made by parade marshal Dennis L. Schmaltz.

In case of bad weather, the service will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Marine Corps League Detachment at 450 Grant St.

- Ron Bell will be guest speaker at the Veterans Day program Thursday at 11 a.m. on the East Campus midway at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Bell retired as a captain in the U.S. Air Force and is team leader of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Also participating in the program to honor those who have served in the U.S. military will be the Jefferson High School Air Force Junior ROTC and bugler Christopher Palffy, a Shepherd University student.

A reception will follow in the Ram's Den of the college center.

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