Former Pa. governor to speak at Sept. 11 memorial dedication

The public ceremony will be adjacent to the Letterkenny Chapel at Letterkenny Army Depot

May 16, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Mark S. Schweiker will speak Saturday during a ceremony to dedicate a Sept. 11 memorial at Letterkenny Army Depot.

The ceremony, which is open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. adjacent to the Letterkenny Chapel at 2171 Carbaugh Ave.

Three steel artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center were fashioned into a sculpture that will serve as a permanent memorial to the thousands who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The sculpture first was unveiled to the public at a memorial service in downtown Chambersburg last September.

Schweiker was Pennsylvania’s 44th governor and ascended to the position when then-Gov. Tom Ridge became the first director of theU.S. Department of Homeland Security.

“It does my heart good that people and organizations like this one in Franklin County are committed to ensuring that we will never forget the events — and the American heroes, victims and survivors — of that tragic day,” Schweiker said in a news release.


The ceremony also will include remarks from Letterkenny Army Depot commander, Col. Cheri A. Provancha, and Michael Fisher, the memorial’s designer. Monsignor Jean-Francois Lantheaume, ambassador of the Pope, will preside over the blessing and dedication of the memorial.

Various honor guard units, community leaders and elected officials will participate in the ceremony as well.

The $250,000 memorial will be part of Franklin County (Pa.) Veterans Memorial Park, which is designed to honor all veterans.

“This is an ongoing project. We’re talking about a major point in its development with this dedication,” said the Rev. Dr. William Harter, chairman of the memorial committee.

Harter said he thanks God and the community for supporting the initiative. The committee needs to raise at least $50,000 more to fulfill the park’s vision.

“The whole site is a work of art,” Harter said.

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