Cumberland County’s Department of Veterans Affairs has provided over 17,000 American flags to veterans’ organizations and cemetery associations to decorate the graves of veterans in 120 cemeteries.
The flags were placed on veterans’ graves prior to the Memorial Day holiday and will remain until the first working day after the Fourth of July holiday. This period is mandated by Pennsylvania law and paid for by Cumberland County taxpayers.
Below is a list of Memorial Day events scheduled in the county. Because it includes only those organizations that responded to a request from the county veterans’ department, it may not be a complete list.
Saturday, May 25
- The township Veterans Recognition Committee will host its annual Memorial Day service at the Hampden Township Veterans Park at 4345 Marketplace Way, Enola (near Giant Food Stores). The theme is to remember the events of World War II, 75 years ago. Music will be provided by the Cumberland Valley High School Brass Ensemble. Taps will be sounded by Staff Sgt. John Powlison, a member of the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own.” Veterans are invited to wear their uniforms or service ribbons. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held in the community room at the Good Hope Fire Station.
- There will be a parade through the village of Walnut Bottom at 6 p.m. on Route 174. Formation begins at 5 p.m. near Kartunes Unlimited, and there will be a brief memorial service in the Jacksonville Cemetery at 5:50 p.m.
Sunday, May 26
- Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8851 will hold a Memorial Day Parade and picnic. The parade will start at 1 p.m. and end at the Memorial Clock Tower at Children’s Lake where ceremonies will be held. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Boiling Spring High School auditorium. The Cumberland County Honor Guard will provide a firing detail. A picnic will be held immediately following the parade in the Boiling Springs Tavern parking lot. The guest speaker will be retired U.S. Army Col. Edyie Rob.
- American Legion Post 751 will hold a Memorial Day Service at the post in Enola beginning at 2 p.m. The guest speaker will be Cpl. Destinie Morrow of the Pennsylvania National Guard. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held inside the post.
Monday, May 27
- American Legion Post 43 will hold a Memorial Day parade beginning at 9:30 a.m. The parade will start at 19th and Market streets and continue to the fire hall. A Memorial Day service will follow the parade at 11 a.m. at the Camp Hill Cemetery behind the fire hall at 2145 Walnut St., Camp Hill. In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Camp Hill Borough Building at 2145 Walnut St., Camp Hill. The guest speaker will be retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Michael W. Kichrnan.
- The Joint Veterans Council of Carlisle will hold the annual Memorial Day parade, forming at 8:30 a.m. and starting at 9 a.m. with services following the parade at Veterans’ Memorial Courtyard at 9:30 a.m. In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled and the ceremonies will be held in the Old Courthouse. The guest speaker will be Amber Endrusick, director of Cumberland County Veterans Affairs.
The Haines-Stackfield American Legion Post 826 Memorial Day Service will be held beginning at noon at Memorial Park. Col. Sylvester Brown will deliver the memorial message and Taps will be sounded by the Cumberland County Honor Guard. The service will also include the dedication of the Lincoln Cemetery Memorial Archway, a gift from the USAWC Class of 2019. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in the Haines-Stackfield American Legion, 148 West Penn Street.
Lower Allen Township:
- VFW Post 7530 will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at 4545 Westport Drive, Mechanicsburg. The guest speaker will be attached to the U.S. Army War College.
- The Mechanicsburg Area Veterans Council will hold a Memorial Day parade starting at 10 a.m. The parade will be followed by a ceremony at the Mechanicsburg Cemetery GAR monument on Marble Street at 11 a.m. In case of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled and the ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. inside VFW Post 6704 in Mechanicsburg. The guest speaker will be retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steven Gventer.
- The Vietnam Veterans of Mechanicsburg will hold a Memorial Service at 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Colored Cemetery off Winding Hill Road in Mechanicsburg. The service will be conducted rain or shine.
- The township will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. at Mount Zion Cemetery (located at the intersection of Rt 74 and 174 outside Boiling Springs). Limited seating will be available. The ceremony will last about 45 minutes. The speaker will be Eric Hornberger, Chief Operations Specialist, Surface Warfare Specialist, United States Navy, Retired. Hornberger is a Monroe Township native. His Navy career began after he graduated from Cumberland Valley High School in 1989. He will speak on the topic “Gone, but not Forgotten.” The Cumberland Valley JROTC Color Guard will be part of our program. Sharon Nelson will lead a sing-a-long of patriotic music. Bagpiper Bill Gable will play two selections and Bill Castle will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Boy Scout Troop 333, Brownie Troop 11408 and Girl Scout Troop 12083 will assist with the event. If there is inclement weather, the ceremony will be in the Monroe Township Building, 1220 Boiling Springs Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055.
- The Joint Veterans Council of Newville will hold a Memorial Day parade starting at 1 p.m. Memorial Day Services will immediately follow the parade at the Fountain at the Veterans Memorial. The service will include a guest speaker, and will honor the veterans by placing flowers at the memorial, hanging Hometown Heroes Banners, and the playing of taps. In the event of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled and the Memorial Day Services will be held at the American Legion Failor Wagner Post 421 at 28 Shepherd Road in Newville. The guest speaker will be retired U.S. Army Lt. Col. Timothy Moul.
- The Joint Veterans Council of Shippensburg will hold the annual Memorial Day ceremonies and parade beginning at 10 a.m. at Locust Grove Cemetery, followed by services at Spring Hill Cemetery at 11 a.m. and flag raising ceremony at Shippensburg Veterans Memorial Park at noon. At 1:15 p.m. the Navy & Marine Memorial Services will be conducted at Branch Bridge on King Street. The Memorial Day parade will begin at 2 p.m. from the corner of King and Prince streets. In the event of inclement weather, each unit returns to the post involved for refreshments and fellowship.
Silver Spring Township:
- The township Veterans Advisory Committee will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at Willow Mill Park, 80 Willow Mill Park Road, Mechanicsburg. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be held nearby under cover. There will be a guest speaker.
- The annual Memorial Day Service sponsored by York Springs Lions Club will open this year with a flyover at Sunnyside Cemetery at 10 a.m. All are welcomed to attend the service honoring our veterans and observe a flyover by Keystone Flight to honor the men and women who gave of themselves to defend our freedoms. The flyover will be led by a Cessna 150 piloted by retired USAF combat veteran, Col. Mike Marra, who resides in Carlisle. Joining Marra will be Don Fair, Aerospace Operations Space Command veteran USAF 6594th Instrumentation Squadron currently living in Mechanicsburg. If a heavy rain is experienced the service will be held at the York Springs Community Hall at 10 a.m.