Remembering Veterans

Remembering Veterans

Franklin County’s military history stretches back to colonial America and carries to the present day. Today, on Veterans Day, Franklin County Visitors Bureau remembers and honors the military history of Franklin County and extends sincere gratitude to all veterans.

If you would like to learn more about Franklin County, PA’s military history, please see the Franklin County Military Trail of History guidebook here. Discover the stories of Franklin County’s men and women—a medal of honor winner, prisoners of war, two 9-11 memorials, pre-Revolutionary War heroes, the Doughboy, USCT, Civil War soldiers, and more.

Franklin County Visitors Bureau and 11/30 Visitors Center would like to share a verse penned by Joanna Fuchs as a Veterans Day Tribute.

The Best on Earth:

A Veteran's Day Tribute

If someone has done military service,

They earn the title "veteran," and more;

They earn our deep respect and admiration;

That they are special no one can ignore.


They sacrificed the comforts we enjoy;

The list is long of all the things they gave.

Our veterans are extraordinary people;

They’re loyal, dedicated, true and brave.


When terror and invasion were real threats,

They showed us they could handle any storm.

We owe our freedoms and our very lives

To our veterans, who served in uniform.


Our veterans should be celebrities;

They’re exceptional; no other group compares.

We’re grateful for the many things they’ve done;

They’re always in our hearts and in our prayers.


We owe our veterans support and friendship;

Let no one ever question what they’re worth.

These men and women served us and our country,

Our veterans--the very best on earth.
Remembering Veterans in Franklin County

Remembering Veterans in Franklin County

Franklin County Visitors Bureau (FCVB) invites the public to remember veterans throughout Franklin County this November. Waynesboro, in southeast Franklin County, is honoring local veterans with Hometown Heroes banners throughout the downtown. The banner initiative pays tribute to the contributions of Waynesboro area veterans.

The November 2nd First Friday in downtown Chambersburg is dedicated to remembering and honoring veterans. Brussels Café, 55 North Main, commemorates service men and women with a remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. U.S. Army Retired Colonel Doug Mastriano, author of Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne and Argonne: A New History of America’s Greatest Battle will be discussing his work and signing books throughout the evening. Alvin York: A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne received the William E. Colby Military Writers’ Award in 2015.

Allison-Antrim Museum, on Ridge Avenue in Greencastle, is commemorating the end of the Great War with a fall exhibit from its collection of uniform items and photographs of native sons. In addition, WWI recruiting posters, trench art, souvenirs, Prussian helmets, rifle bayonets, a slide show of WWI photographs from France and Germany are on exhibit through November 23, 2018. Allison-Antrim Museum is open regularly Tuesday to Friday, noon to 4 pm and Saturday, 11 am to 1 pm.

On November 24, as part of the grand opening of the Franklin County 11/30 Center, 15 South Main Street, local historian Mike Marotte will tell the story of WWI and its ending through the original source letters of a local resident. In addition, a feature exhibit of the new center will remember the impacts of WWI in Franklin County.

In November and throughout the year, visitors to Franklin County are invited to explore the Franklin County Military Trail of History. In Franklin County and throughout the country the local stories are the national contributions. The Military Trail guidebook is available online here or by contacting FCVB at 866.646.8060.