CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Men and women from Franklin and Cumberland counties have served in this nation's wars since before it became the United States - from the French and Indian War and the Revolution to the ongoing fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But veterans of two of this country's most controversial conflicts were singled out Monday for Veterans Day honors.
More than 160 veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars, along with about an equal number of friends and family, gathered in the Chambersburg Area Senior High School auditorium to receiving medallions from the state that were inscribed with "Honoring America's Bravest" from state Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Franklin/Cumberland.
Some of them, like Harry Ott of Chambersburg, served in World War II and Korea. Others were veterans of both Korea and Vietnam.
"For many, many years, Veterans Day was sort of overlooked," said Sal Russo of Chambersburg, who served with 114th Graves Registration Co. in Korea from 1952 to 1954. Often, he said, the observances tended to concentrate mostly on those who served during World War II.