Schweiker to speak at dedication of 9/11 memorial in Chambersburg
CHAMBERSBURG — The Franklin County 9/11 Memorial will be dedicated during a ceremony at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 19 at the Letterkenny Chapel, located at 2171 Carbaugh Avenue, Letterkenny Army Depot.
Three steel artifacts recovered from the World Trade Center were fashioned into a sculpture that will serve as Franklin County's permanent memorial to all who perished on Sept. 11, 2001. The steel artifacts were first unveiled to the public at a memorial service in downtown Chambersburg last September.
The Honorable Mark S. Schweiker, former Governor of Pennsylvania, will offer the keynote address. Schweiker was the 44th Governor to serve the state, and ascended to the position when then Governor Tom Ridge was called by President Bush to serve as the first director of the office of Homeland Security.
In accepting the invitation to speak, Governor Schweiker said, “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.”
The May 19 ceremony will include remarks from COL Cheri A. Provancha, Commander of Letterkenny Army Depot; Michael Fisher, local artist and memorial designer; and Rev. Dr. William H. Harter, Chairman of the 9/11 Memorial Committee. Monsignor Jean-Francois Lantheaume, Ambassador of the Pope, will preside over the blessing and dedication of the memorial. Various honor guard units, numerous community leaders and elected officials, will participate in the ceremony as well.
The public is encouraged to attend the dedication ceremony to celebrate the community's efforts in support of the 9/11 Memorial and to learn more about the developing Franklin County Veterans Memorial Park.