This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, with several events and Veterans Day celebrations planned across the region.
At 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918, World War I, one of the most devastating and tragic conflicts the world has ever seen, came to a conclusion. Early on that November morning, senior military and political officials of both the Allied and German armies met in the Compiègne Forest of northern France to finalize and sign the armistice that would bring peace to war-torn Europe.
Since that time, countries across the world have chosen Nov. 11 to honor those soldiers who died in the “war to end all wars.” In the case of the United States, the purpose has changed to honor all of those who serve in the armed forces by renaming it Veterans Day.
Below is a list of Veterans’ Day events scheduled throughout Cumberland County by Veterans’ organizations. The list includes only those organizations that responded to our request; therefore it may not include all scheduled events. Please note the various dates.
Friday, Nov. 9
Carlisle — The U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center will commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I with a Veterans Day event at USAHEC. The event will recognize the service and sacrifice of the men and women who served with a living history program entitled “When the Guns Fell Silent: Remembrance and Veterans Day Event,” on Nov. 9 from 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the World War I Allied and German trenches on the USAHEC’s Army Heritage Trail. There will be a moment of silence to remember the fallen around 3:20 p.m. by the Carlisle Barracks chaplain.
Saturday, Nov. 10
Carlisle — Carlisle Vietnam Veterans will conduct their annual all-night vigil on the steps of the Old Courthouse to honor and remember all POW-MIAs beginning at 11 p.m. Nov. 10, and ending at 11 a.m. Nov. 11.
Sunday, Nov. 11
Enola — American Legion Post 751 will hold a Veterans Day ceremony on Shady Lane in front of the Legion at 11 a.m. This year’s ceremony will include a Vietnam Veterans Recognition and Pinning Ceremony. The guest speaker will be Sen. Pat Toomey or a member of his staff. In the event of adverse weather, the ceremony will be inside the Legion.
Mount Holly Springs — VFW Post 7343 will hold a Veterans Day event beginning at 1 p.m. sponsored by the Mount Holly Springs VFW and American Legion. The Carlisle Town Band will perform. Local Girl and Boy Scouts as well as local government and civic Officials have been invited. The ceremony will be in front of the veterans monument at 424 N. Walnut St. Lunch is provided to the attendees at the Post Canteen. The guest speaker will be Lt. Col. Brian Gerber, U.S. Army War College student.
Newville — The Newville Joint Veterans Council will conduct a Veterans Day service honoring all veterans by placing flowers at the memorial at the fountain and with the playing of taps. Hometown Heroes banners will be given to family members. The service will begin at 1 p.m. In the event of adverse weather, the service will be held at the American Legion, Failor Wagner Post 421, 28 Shepherd Road, Newville. The guest speaker will be Staff Sgt. Joseph M. Knouse, U.S. Air Force.
Shippensburg — The Joint Veterans Council of Shippensburg (American Legion Post 223 and VFW Post 6168) will host its annual Veterans Day parade. The parade will start at 2 p.m. It will form at Queen and King streets at 1:30 p.m.
Silver Spring Township — The Silver Spring Veterans Memorial Committee will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial at Willow Mill Park, 80 Willow Mill Park Road, Mechanicsburg at 1 p.m. Veterans will be honored by dedicating new bricks and plaques and through a blood drive held nearby after the ceremony. Public tours of the memorial will be given following the ceremony.
Monday, Nov. 12
Carlisle — The Joint Veterans Council of Carlisle will conduct the Annual Veterans Day ceremony in the second floor Courtroom of the Old Courthouse at 10:30 a.m. The Cumberland County Honor Guard is providing the firing squad and bugler. The guest speaker will be Kevin Wagner, chairman of the Social Studies Department for the Carlisle Area School District.
Shippensburg University — Shippensburg University’s Army ROTC Raider Battalion will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m.