Veterans Day Commemoration at Franklin County Veterans & 9/11 Memorial Park

Veterans Day Commemoration at Franklin County Veterans & 9/11 Memorial Park

The Historic Letterkenny Chapel and Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park Committee and the United Churches of the Chambersburg Area (UCCA) will conduct a Veterans Day Memorial Service at the Historic Letterkenny Chapel.

The Chapel Service will be held on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., 2171 Carbaugh Avenue, Letterkenny Army Depot, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

The Keynote Speaker will be the 50th Commander of Letterkenny Army Depot, Colonel Gregory K. Gibbons, for a Veterans Day Message.

Musical accompaniment will be presented by Marcel Coates, on the Piano, throughout the Program, and he will direct special musical selections by the Chambersburg Community Chorus.

The Chapel Service will conclude with a rifle salute and the playing of Taps by the Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard, as final tribute to those Veterans who have, and continue to Go Daily In Harms Way, and those whose lives were lost in service to our nation.

Christmas Eve Service at Historic Letterkenny Chapel

Christmas Eve Service at Historic Letterkenny Chapel

The United Churches of the Chambersburg Area will sponsor this year’s Annual Christmas Eve Service at the Historic Letterkenny Chapel on Monday, December 24, 2018 at 6 pm at the Chapel, located at the Letterkenny Army Depot, 2171 Carbaugh Avenue, Chambersburg.

The service will be patterned after the traditional Christmas Eve services held from 1960-1995 when the Chapel served an area wide congregation as a military and community chapel.

The speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Paul B. Baker, Pastor Emeritus of King Street Church in Chambersburg. He is a graduate of Huntington University in Indiana, and received his Master of Divinity Degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. He was awarded an honorary Doctors Degree by Huntington University in recognition of his personal witness and outstanding contributions to his church and his community.

He and his wife, June, reside in Chambersburg and are the parents of one son, Jeff.

John Brink will be the soloist for the service, and Stephanie Salisbury will be the pianist.

The United Churches of the Chambersburg Area oversees the ministries of the Letterkenny Chapel in conjunction with the Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park.

For further information, please contact Paul Cullinane 717-263-2838

Franklin County’s Italian Chapel

Franklin County’s Italian Chapel

Approaching Letterkenny Chapel, the bell tower, the quoin- brickwork, and the curved arches draws the eye because it is a different. It is not typical for the Cumberland Valley. With a second look, it is easy to see the Italian inspiration in the design, but how and why is a church of Italian architecture here? It is an amazing piece of Franklin County and American history.

Before America entered World War II, the U.S. military sought locations for ordinance depots. Letterkenny Township in Franklin County PA was selected because of its proximity to the Atlantic seaboard and Washington DC. The depot displaced about 1000 of the 70,000 county residents, and took 21,000 acres of farmland. U.S. Secretary of War Henry Stinson issued the directive to establish Letterkenny Ordinance Depot on December 18, 1941, just days after the attack on Pearl Harbor. By September 1942, the depot was in operation.

After Italy surrendered in September 1943, 1250 repatriated Italian prisoners of war came to Letterkenny Depot. These men missed their home and loved ones. They turned to their faith and sought support of the clergy, who suggested channeling their energy into something positive. Using materials from the farmhouses and barns removed from the land to build the depot, the repatriated Italian POWs built Letterkenny Chapel, inspired by the churches of their homeland.

Today, the Italian-style chapel stands as a reminder of something very good that came out of a very difficult time in the world. It links two places, once enemies, to a shared history and memories.

Letterkenny Chapel is maintained by the United Churches of Chambersburg and is adjoined by the Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park, which are the launching point of the Franklin County Military Trail of History. Each year, four services are held at Letterkenny Chapel—Armed Forces and POW/MIA Day Service in May, the 9/11 Remembrance Service in September, Veterans Day Service in November, and Christmas Eve Service in December.

Christmas Eve at Letterkenny Chapel

Christmas Eve at Letterkenny Chapel

The United Churches of the Chambersburg Area will sponsor this year’s Annual Christmas Eve Service at the Historic Letterkenny Chapel on Sunday, December 24, 2017 at 6 pm at the Chapel, located at the Letterkenny Army Depot, 2171 Carbaugh Avenue, Chambersburg.

The service will be patterned after the traditional Christmas Eve services held from 1960-1995 when the Chapel served its congregation as a military chapel.

Letterkenny Chapel has been an important focal point for spiritual nurture and support since it was built in 1945. The chapel was built during WWII by Italian prisoners-of-war.

The speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Ronnie B Tucker, Sr., a certified Dean in the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education. A native of Arkansas, he holds B.A. and Masters Degrees in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Arkansas; a PhD in Public Administration from Mississippi State University; and a Doctorate in Theology from New World Bible Institute. Formerly an Associate Professor of Political Science at Shippensburg University, he is the Academic Coach/Counselor at Penn State University. He is the author of a book and numerous articles on Affirmative Action and a specialist on the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

He and his wife Lenore are the parents of two children and have three grandchildren.

John Brink will be the soloist for the service, and Stephanie Salisbury will be the pianist.

The United Churches of the Chambersburg Area oversees the ministries of the Letterkenny Chapel in conjunction with the Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park.

 

 

Veterans Day Service at Letterkenny Chapel Set for November 12

Veterans Day Service at Letterkenny Chapel Set for November 12

The Franklin County Visitors Bureau highlights the Veterans Service at Historic Letterkenny Chapel and Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park on Sunday, November 12, 2017, at 3:00 p.m., at the Chapel, 2171 Carbaugh Avenue on the Letterkenny Army Depot, in Chambersburg. The services is organized and presented through the efforts of the United Churches of Chambersburg and the Historic Letterkenny Committee.

The guest speaker will be Chaplain (LTC) Grover DeVault, a native of Plainfield, NJ. He is a graduate of North Plainfield High School; Columbia International University, Columbia, SC; Faith Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA; Union Presbyterian Seminary, Richmond, VA; and Lancaster Bible Graduate School, Lancaster, PA. Dr. DeVault served 20 years on active duty and was stationed in Greenland; Germany; Da Nang, Vietnam; and Fort Hood, TX among other locations. He has received the Legion of Merit Medal, Vietnam; Vietnam Service Medal (4 Stars); Bronze Star Medal; National Defense Medal (2 Stars); and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross (with Palm); as well as the Distinguished Service Medal of the State of New Jersey, among other medals.

He has served as a Pastor in Brooklyn, NY; Lancaster, PA; Frederick, MD; and Trexlertown, PA; as Professor of Pastoral Studies at Lancaster Bible College; and as Chaplain of the Pennsylvania State Police from 2004-2012. He and his late wife Nancy Conover are the parents of four daughters, thirteen grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Special music will be presented by the Community Chorus, under the direction of Marcel Coates. The organist will be Freda Dorand.

The colors will be presented by the CASHS Naval Junior R.O.T.C. Cadets. Members of Charles Nitterhouse VFW Post 1599 will serve as the Honor Guard.

The service is open to the public. Veterans are encouraged to attend in uniform.