CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A desire to "take back the country" was repeated often as what drew about 250 people to a tea party event Monday on Memorial Square.
"I think this is very important so the government, the people we put in office, realize we're not happy with the direction of the country," said Pamela Elliott of Chambersburg.
"We're losing the country," echoed her husband, Terry.
Speakers and music played on themes of patriotism and discontent with the nation's direction.
"The 'greatest generation' did not teach my generation what it means to be an American," said Jim Wyrick, secretary for Citizens for Responsible Government in Franklin County, Pa.
In his remarks to the crowd, Wyrick called the election this November the "most important election in modern American history."
"We are locked in a battle to define what America is," he said.
Monday's event was planned by the newly forming Southcentral Pennsylvania TEA Party.