Here is a listing of Veterans Day events that are scheduled throughout Cumberland County by veterans organizations and may not include all events. These include scheduled ceremonies, parades and services honoring the veterans in our community:
Thursday, Nov. 9
Cumberland Valley High School will host a Veterans Appreciation Ceremony & Reception Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the school's Performing Arts Center (PAC).
Students of the Cumberland Valley High School Patriot’s Club created an event to honor all veterans and active duty service members of the Cumberland Valley area. Patriots Club members are inviting all veterans and active duty service members to come to the ceremony to be honored and recognized for their service to our country.
Rep. Greg Rothman, Sen. Mike Regan, Congressman Scott Perry and a representative from Sen. Pat Toomey's office are scheduled to attend the event and address the veterans.
Area businesses are supporting the students in their efforts to honor veterans and military by donating food for a dinner reception for the veterans after the ceremony.
Friday, Nov. 10
Carlisle — The Carlisle Vietnam Veterans will begin the annual all-night vigil on the steps of the Old Cumberland County Courthouse in honor and remembrance of all POW-MIAs. The vigil begins at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10, and ends at 11 a.m. on Sat., Nov. 11. Contact person is Bob Hinkle, 717-776-4777.
Saturday, Nov. 11
Boiling Springs – A Veterans’ memorial will be dedicated on Sat., Nov. 11 at Spring Meadows Park, located at 640 West First Street in Boiling Springs. The memorial site is next to the main park entrance at “Rickert Way.” A key feature is a 70-foot tall flag pole and illumination of the flag, which can be seen throughout the 91-acre park. The ceremony will include a commemoration and comments by Col. Thomas Faley (U.S. Army, Ret.), Eagle Scout candidate Matthew Otto. Contact person for the event is Cory Adams, and his number is 717-258-5324 for more information.
Carlisle — The annual Veterans Day ceremony will be held in the 2nd floor courtroom of the old Cumberland County Courthouse beginning at 10:30 a.m. The Cumberland County Honor Guard will provide the firing squad and bugler with guest speaker, Maj. Gen. John S. Kem, commandant, U.S. Army War College. The Joint Veterans Council of Carlisle conducts the event. Contact person is Neal J. Delisanti, 717-240-6178.
Carlisle - Dickinson College Athletics will host a military appreciation event in partnership with the U.S. Army War College. The 1 p.m. Dickinson Football vs. Ursinus College game on Biddle Field, 610 W. High St., is open and free to the public. There will be a recognition of military service and leadership, and a limited number of commemorative U.S. flag-Dickinson athletics flag pins will be available for fans.
Enola — A Veterans Day ceremony will be held on Shady Lane in front of the American Legion Post 751 beginning at 11 a.m. A meal from canteen menu will be provided to any veteran with proof of service. The event will be held inside the Legion if inclement weather. Contact person is T.S. Balko, commander, 717-329-1522.
Mechanicsburg — A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at the Lower Allen VFW Post 7530 beginning at 11 a.m. The address for the Post is 4545 Westport Drive in Mechanicsburg. The program recognizes the sacrifices of veterans and pays tribute to all veterans. Guest speaker will be Col. Oren (Hank) McKnelly. Contact person is Scott Henry, 717-364-5871.
Mechanicsburg — The annual Mechanicsburg Area Veterans Council Veterans Day program will be held at Mechanicsburg Cemetery at the Grand Army of the Republic Monument at 11 a.m. The guest speaker for the event will be David Bennett, adjunct professor, U.S. Army War College, Carlisle. Bennet is a Vietnam veteran from 1967 to 1970, overseas diplomatic assignments and service as a pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1962 to 1973.
Newville — A Veterans Day service will be held honoring all veterans by placing flowers at the memorial at the fountain, including playing of taps. Hometown Heroes Banners will be given to family members in attendance. The service begins at 11 a.m. In case of adverse weather, the event will be held at the VFW, West Main Street in Newville. The service is conducted by the Newville Joint Veterans Council. Guest speaker will be Robert Gilbert, U.S. Marine Corps (Vietnam), member of American Legion Post 421 Newville and Marine Corps League. Contact person is Patricia Reed, 717-776-7825.
Silver Spring Township — A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial at Willow Mill Park, 80 Willow Mill Park Road in Mechanicsburg, beginning at 11 a.m. Veterans will be honored by the dedication of new bricks and plaques at the veterans memorial. A blood drive will be held nearby after the ceremony in recognition of the service of veterans. Public tours will be given following the event. The ceremony is conducted by the Silver Spring Veteran Memorial Committee. Contact person is Ami Thompson, 717-766-0178.
Lemoyne — Veterans are invited to learn about the programs and supportive services offered by JFT Recovery & Veterans Services and enjoy free coffee and pastries as appreciation for their service. The open house will be held from noon to 7 p.m. at 300 Market St. Contact number is 717-880-8068.
Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 11-12
Carlisle — In honor of Veterans Day and the conclusion of the first World War, “the war to end all wars,” the U.S. Army Heritage Center will recognize both by honoring those who have served before and those who serve now in the armed forces. A living history titled “Remembering Armistice Day” on Veterans Day weekend, re-enactors will bring to life the American doughboy in the trenches and the end of WWI. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, and Sunday Nov. 12. The reenactment takes place at the U.S. Army Heritage Center, 950 Soldiers Drive in Carlisle, and all are welcome to attend. Contact number is 717-245-4427 for more information (visit www.USAHEC.org).