Celebrating Veterans Day

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Boy Scout Troop 97 held a Flag Retirement Ceremony recently at Pine Hill Recreation Area in Waynesboro.  The Troop said "farewell" to about 25 flags.  Troop 97 is chartered by Trinity United Church of Christ.

Many schools and local organizations will celebrate Veterans Day with celebrations. Here are a few things from around the area:

Waynesboro

Summitview Elementary celebrates Veterans Day on Nov. 9 with patriotic songs and an art contest. Combat Army veteran Laura Wilkinson is this year’s speaker. Veterans are invited to attend.

Greencastle

The Greencastle-Antrim Middle School is doing a variety of activities in recognition of Veterans’ Day. On Friday, Nov. 10, local historian John Heckman will speak to seventh-graders about a soldier’s daily life, civilian life back home and the history of Veterans Day originating after WWI.  Local historian Greg Henesy will talk to sixth-graders on Friday about a soldier’s daily life and the items the soldier would have carried with him.

A Veterans Day ceremony will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. North Washington Street will be closed from Madison Street to Pine Lane from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Chambersburg

The annual Veterans Day parade will be held Saturday, Nov. 11 at 9 a.m. in downtown Chambersburg. The parade runs along Lincoln Way East beginning at Fifth Avenue and ending at Memorial Square. A brief ceremony follows.

The United Churches of the Chambersburg Area and the Historic Letterkenny Chapel and Franklin County Veterans and 9/11 Memorial Park Committee will conduct the Annual Veterans Day Service on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 3 p.m., at the Chapel, 2171 Carbaugh Avenue on the Letterkenny Army Depot.

The guest speaker will be Chaplain 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. 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; Frederick, Md.; and Trexlertown; 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, 13 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.

Hagerstown

Washington County Government offices will be closed Friday, November 10, in observance of Veterans Day. County services mentioned below will operate on modified schedules as follows:

All Washington County Transit services will operate during regularly scheduled hours. For a look at routes and schedules, visit: http://www2.washco-md.net/transit/routes.shtm.

The Hagerstown Regional Airport terminal and airfield will operate during regularly scheduled business hours but administrative offices and the maintenance department will be closed.

Southern Airways Express flights to Baltimore-Washington International Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport will operate on schedule. For a look at arrival and departure times, visit: http://flyhagerstown.com/flights/index.html; Allegiant flight 630 will arrive from Orlando Sanford International Airport at9:25 a.m. and flight 631 will depart at 10:05 a.m.

All Services at Forty West Landfill will be open on Friday, Nov. 10. Services will closed on Saturday, Nov. 11 and will return to normally scheduled hours on Monday, Nov. 13.

Essential public safety services will remain in effect and all offices will return to regularly scheduled hours Monday, Nov. 13.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey, II and City Council will observe the Veterans Day Holiday and honoring the sacrifices made by members of our armed forces and their families.

The Morris Frock American Legion Post #42 will host its annual Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony at the Washington County Circuit Courthouse at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. Bruchey along with Councilmembers Lew Metzner and Emily Keller will be laying a wreath on behalf of the Mayor and City Council.

Following the ceremony, Bruchey, Metzner and Keller will also lay a wreath along Memorial Boulevard at the memorial monument, located near the entrance to Rose Hill Cemetery.  Wreaths will also be placed at the Medal of Honor Triangle on Jonathan Street and the Korean War Veterans Memorial along Potomac Avenue at the Mealey Parkway traffic island.