Here is a list of Veterans Day events and ceremonies scheduled across the Midstate:
Sunday, Nov. 6
Shippensburg: The Joint Veterans Council of Shippensburg will host its annual parade starting at 2 p.m. The parade will form at King and Prince streets and end at King and Morris streets. The council consists of American Legion Post 223 and VFW Post 6168.
Silver Spring Township: The Silver Spring Veterans Memorial Committee will hold a ceremony at the memorial, 80 Willow Mill Park Road, starting at 1 p.m. The event will honor veterans by dedicating new bricks and plaques and by hosting a blood drive before and after the ceremony. Public tours of the memorial will be given at 12:15 p.m. and after the ceremony.
Wednesday, Nov. 9
Middlesex Township: Starting at 11 a.m., the Army Heritage and Education Center will host a program where three centuries of the development of infantrymen will be explored. Reenactors depicting soldiers of the past and Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers of today will talk about the life of an infantryman and display items soldiers would have used during their respective eras of combat.
Middlesex Township:The Army Heritage and Education Center will host a Veterans’ Day program from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. called “This We’ll Defend: The Army’s Infantry Through the Ages.” Former Army Sgt. and motivational speaker Noah Galloway will be the keynote speaker. An Iraq veteran, Galloway was severely injured in 2005 by an improvised explosive device that made him a double amputee. His life story of perseverance includes a near-death experience on the battlefield followed by a personal struggle to overcome addiction and depression before he became an actor and men’s fitness personality.
Thursday, Nov. 10
Carlisle: The Carlisle Vietnam Veterans will conduct their annual all-night vigil starting at 11 p.m. on the steps of the Old Courthouse to honor and remember all POW-MIAs. The vigil ends at 11 a.m. Friday.
Friday, Nov. 11
Carlisle: VFW Post 477 will hold a ceremony at 2104 W. Trindle Road, Carlisle, starting at noon. A light lunch will be provided for veterans preceded by the indoors posting of colors by the Cumberland County Honor Guard. There will be a guest speaker from the Army War College with a presentation of a Veterans’ Tribute Plaque to the post.
Carlisle: The Joint Veterans Council of Carlisle will conduct its annual ceremony in the second floor courtroom of the Old Courthouse starting at 10:30 a.m. A special unveiling and dedication of a memorial to the Medal of Honor recipients of Cumberland County will be conducted in the Veterans’ Memorial Courtyard immediately following the indoor ceremony. The monument is the Eagle Scout project of Matt Kunkle. The Cumberland County Honor Guard is providing the firing squad and bugler. The guest speaker will be R.J. Harris of WHP 580 Radio.
Carlisle: Cumberland Crossings will a Veterans Day celebration at 11 a.m. at the senior living community, 1 Longsdorf Way. “People are invited to a celebration of veterans of all branches of the U.S. military,” says Melissa Stanton of the Cumberland Crossings staff. To RSVP, people should contact Wood at 240-6013.
Mechanicsburg: Lower Allen VFW Post 7530 will hold a ceremony starting at 11 a.m. at the post building, 4545 Westport Drive, Mechanicsburg. Guest speakers will be Brian Spagnoletti and Lt. Col. Jonathan Doyle.
Mechanicsburg: The Mechanicsburg Area Veterans Council will conduct ceremonies at the GAR Monument in the Mechanicsburg Cemetery at the corner of Frederick and Marble streets starting at 11 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be at American Legion Post 109. The guest speaker will be Army Sgt. Maj. James M. Lethiecq. The council consists of the American Legion Post and VFW Post 6704.
Newville: The Newville Joint Veterans Council will host a service at 11 a.m. honoring all veterans by placing flowers at the memorial located at the town fountain. There will also be the playing of taps. Hometown Heroes Banners will be given to family members. CWO3 Lonnie Frampton will be the guest speaker. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at the local VFW post, West Main Street, Newville.
South Middleton Township: St. Patrick’s School will have a Veterans Day program starting at 1 p.m. at the school, 87 Marsh Drive. The program will begin with a procession of veterans.
Sunday, Nov. 13
Mechanicsburg: First United Methodist Church in Mechanicsburg at 135 W. Simpson St. in Mechanicsburg will host former Army Chaplain Rev. David Smith, and honor all veterans during morning worship services on Nov. 13. The public, and especially veterans, are invited to attend this free event.
Rev. Smith serves as the coordinator of the Soul Care Initiative for JustPeace. Previously, he was an Army Chaplain for 30 years. During his service, he was deployed nine times, including four combat deployments. He will speak during services at 8:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., and during a special program at 9:30 a.m.