Veterans honored at memorial near Letterkenny Chapel

November 11, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Carol Fix Diller, right, and her daughter, Kari Diller, joined Drew and Betty Belle White as well as other donors in raising a U.S. Navy flag at the Veterans' Memorial next to Letterkenny Chapel in Chambersburg, Pa., on Sunday.
Photo by Jennifer Fitch

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The sun slowly set over the Franklin County 9/11 and Veterans’ Memorial Park as prayers were offered up Sunday.

A newly raised U.S. Navy flag rustled in a light breeze as about 100 people witnessed a rifle salute from Charles F. Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599.

The ceremony at the memorial, which is being developed adjacent to Letterkenny Chapel, capped off the annual Veterans Day service sponsored by the United Churches of the Chambersburg Area and the Joint Veterans’ Council of Chambersburg.

“It’s beautiful. It’s very well done, very humbling,” Bobbi Norcross, of Chambersburg, said of the memorial.

Retired Maj. Gen. David H. Hicks, a chaplain, served as the keynote speaker at the service. He focused on memories as “a powerful resource for great living.”

Hicks, who lives in Biglerville, Pa., enlisted in the Army in October 1958. He said he spent his free time engaging in destructive behavior, like partying, until a chaplain shared biblical teachings with him.

Hicks told the crowd about some of the veterans and civilians he remembers, referencing Deuteronomy and Philippians in the Bible as he spoke.

“These are the people who touched my life,” he said.

Hicks encouraged the audience to think of good experiences and people as they go through life.

“Memories really are a tremendous resource, a powerful resource, if you use them,” he said.

Anita Foust of Upper Strasburg, Pa., retired from Letterkenny Army Depot.

“The whole service was very special,” she said.

Betty Belle White of Chambersburg sponsored pavers and the U.S. Navy flag at the Franklin County 9/11 and Veterans’ Memorial Park. She joined other donors in raising the Navy flag Sunday and did so while thinking of her brother, George Stache.

Stache died in October 2011 at age 59. White said he donated to many causes and served in the Navy in the Vietnam War era.

“I thought this would be nice to do for him. ... My brother and I were very close,” she said.

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