POW/MIA service set for Saturday at Letterkenny

May 14, 2013

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Chambersburg area’s annual POW/MIA Service of Remembrance will be on Armed Forces Day, which is Saturday, at 11 a.m. at the Letterkenny Chapel, 2171 Carbaugh Ave.

The service will be followed by memorial dedications at the adjacent Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park, according to a news release.

The guest speaker will be Col. Glenn Dowling Frazier, a former prisoner of war and survivor of the World War II Bataan Death March.

Born in Fort Deposit, Ala., Frazier enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 16 and was assigned to the Philippine Department under Gen. Douglas MacArthur. In 1942, the Philippine-American forces surrendered. Frazier survived the transfer of prisoners and spent 3 1/2 years as a prisoner of war in Japan in slave labor camps, the news release stated.

Frazier is the recipient of the Medal of Freedom, the Bronze Star, four Purple Hearts and numerous other awards, the news release stated.

Music for the service will be provided by the Falling Spring Brass Choir directed by David Wenerd, the Community Chorus directed by Marcel Coates and by organist Freda J. Dorand of First Evangelical Lutheran Church. The service is jointly sponsored by the United Churches of the Chambersburg Area and the Joint Veterans Council of Chambersburg.

Welcoming remarks will be presented by Col. Victor Hagan, commander of Letterkenny Army Depot. Charles M. Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599 will present the colors and lead military honors in front of the chapel as the service concludes.

Frazier also will sign copies of “Hell’s Guest” Friday at the Chambersburg Heritage Center. That event is from 2 to 4 p.m. and is sponsored by the Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce.

Opportunities to sponsor memorial flags, trees, benches and pavers at the Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park continue to be available.

For more information, contact the Rev. Allie Harper Jr. at 717-267-3946 or the Rev. William Harter at 717-264-3828.

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