Veterans Day events in the Tri-State area
This year’s Veterans Day marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The following are veteran-related activities going on in the Tri-State area.
Thursday, Nov. 8
World War I — The Great War & Greencastle-Antrim Doughboys, continues from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturdays through Friday, Nov. 23, at Allison-Antrim Museum, 365 S. Ridge Ave., Greencastle, Pa. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, the museum’s fall exhibition, from its collections, includes uniform items from seven native sons who fought in World War I, and eight others for whom the museum has photographs. The exhibit also includes World War I recruiting posters, trench art, souvenirs, Prussian helmets, rifle bayonets, and a slide show of World War I photographs from France and Germany. Call 717-597-9010 or go to www.greencastlemuseum.org.
Classic film: “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946, NR), from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Waynesboro Theatre, 75 W. Main St., Waynesboro, Pa. Fred, Al and Homer are three World War II veterans facing difficulties as they re-enter civilian life. Fred is a war hero who, unable to compete with more highly skilled workers, has to return to his low-wage soda jerk job. Bank executive Al gets into trouble for offering favorable loans to veterans. After losing both hands in the war, Homer returns to his loving fiancée, but must struggle to adjust. $4 and includes free popcorn. Go to WaynesboroTheatre.com.
Friday, Nov. 9
Veterans Day Celebration is at 12:20 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Penn State Mont Alto — Veterans’ Memorial behind Conklin Hall, 1 Campus Drive, Mont Alto, Pa. Lt. Col. Barbara B. Cross will be the featured speaker during Penn State Mont Alto Student Veterans Association’s annual Veterans Day Celebration. Call 717-749-6112. Go to Montalto.psu.edu.
1918 Salute to Veterans: A Celebration of the End of WWI is at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Central Presbyterian Church, 40 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg, Pa. The event is presented by Discover Dance Works, and includes dance, music, theater, art and culture. Call 717-816 9578 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to reserve a seat. Admission is free.
Saturday, Nov. 10
The Washington County Joint Veterans Council will host a Veterans Day Wreath-Laying Ceremony at 9 a.m. at Martin “Marty” L. Snook Memorial Park, 17901 Halfway Blvd., Hagerstown. This year’s guest is Sgt. Major (Ret.) Dennis “Jack Wenthe,” a 27-year Army Veteran, wounded in Vietnam, who spent 12 more years as a government contractor, retiring as a senior communications engineer. He has served a president of the Smithsburg Lions Club, Smithsburg Town Council, Commander of AMVETS Post 14, Cascade, Past Commander of AMVETS, Department of Md., and Past Commander of Military Order of the Purple Heart Department of Maryland, Commander of Chapter 577 MOPH. Honor guard will be provided by Morris Frock American Legion Post 42. Chairs will be provided.
Author Tom Clemens will sign copies of his book “The Maryland Campaign of September 1862, Volume I: South Mountain, Volume II: Antietam, and Volume III: The Battle of Shepherdstown and the End of the Campaign, from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Antietam National Battlefield, 5831 Dunker Church Road, Sharpsburg. Go to www.nps.gov/anti/index.htm.
Veterans Day at South Jefferson Library – North Platte Canteen, is from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at the library, 49 Church St., Summit Point, W.Va. South Jefferson Library hosts a re-created a WWII canteen as a thank-you party for veterans and active service men and women. Rosie the Riveters are also invited. Entertainment will be by the Barbershop Quartet, Ricochet. They will sing patriotic melodies, barbershop favorites and perform some comedy numbers. Call 304-725-6227 or go to www.sojeffersonlibrary.com.
A Veteran’s dance is from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Maugansville Ruritan Club, 18007 Maugans Ave., Maugansville. Hosted by Hagerstown Country Western Dance Association. Line dancing for singles and couples. $7; $5, members. Email email@example.com.
A veteran information fair is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov 10, at Valley Mall, 17301 Valley Mall Road, Hagerstown. Information, VA Claims Assistance, VA Medical Benefits Information, and other information to assist veterans in the community. The participants will be from a variety of nonprofits, State of Maryland Veteran assistance and the VA Martinsburg WV.
Veterans of Fort Frederick in the American Revolution, is at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, and Sunday, Nov. 11, at Fort Frederick State Park — Visitor Center, 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool. An hour-long presentation examining the story of the men who served at Fort Frederick during the French and Indian War and their service during the American Revolution. $3 per vehicle, in-state; $5 per vehicle, out-of-state. Call 301-842-2155.
Spectrum’s Veterans Day Dance is from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at Morris Frock American Legion Post 42, Northern Avenue, Hagerstown. Doors open at 7 p.m. Spectrum will play music for dancing. $10 per person. Tickets sold at the door or call 301-797-9281 or 301-714-1533. Open to the public.
South Berkeley Baptist Church will be hosting its annual free Veterans Day breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. The church is at 246 Mineral Drive in Inwood, W.Va.
Sunday, Nov. 11
Morris Frock Unit 42, American Legion Auxiliary, will be hosting the Veteran’s Day Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Washington County Courthouse at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. This marks the exact time the Armistice Treat of Versailles was signed 100 years ago. There will be ringing of bells to commemorate this anniversary and support the American Legion Program “Bells of Peace: A World War One Remembrance.” Guest speaker Leon Cook, a Vietnam-era Marine, is on the staff of North Point Veterans’ Program in Hagerstown. The National topic this year for the American Legion Auxiliary is preventing and reducing veteran homelessness. Special music will be presented by the New Horizons Band of Hagerstown. They will present musical selections and tributes to honor all veterans. Gathering music will begin at 10:30 am. Forever Young will present vocal music with recognition of all veterans in attendance during their presentation.
A World War I Commemoration is from 7:45 a.m. to noon Sunday, Nov. 11, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 18313 Lappans Road, Boonsboro. All three worship services at 7:45, 9 and 11 AM, will include World War I-era hymns and poems, along with scripture appointed for the day. At 10 a.m., there will be a sing-along of popular World War I-era songs in the Fellowship Center; tolling of the bell at 11 a.m. will be accompanied by the organ playing an elegy, including taps. Chaplain Lindsey E. Arnold, a retired U.S. Army chaplain, will be preacher for all three services.
“Veterans Vernacular 2018” Art Exhibit Reception is from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Berkeley Arts Council, 116 N. Queen St., Martinsburg, W.Va. Berkeley Arts Council has mounted an exhibition by regional U.S. military veterans to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice that ended World War I. The 11 veteran artists are or were part of the Healing Arts Center and Recreational Therapy programs at the Veterans AdministrationMedical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va. Free admission. Go to www.berkeleyartswv.org.
Hancock Takes A Look At Over There: A Musical Review On The American Experience In The Great War “The War To End All Wars,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Performing Arts Center at Town Hall, 126 W. High St., Hancock. Admission is free. Go to www.facebook.com/Hancock-Arts-Council-180287051994557/. See story page X.
An exhibit is from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at Plumb Grove, at the intersection of Broadfording Road and North Martin Street in Clear Spring. There will be photos of local WWI veterans, war posters, local stories, and photos of the Clear Spring Proving Grounds along with artifacts collected in France. On display will be WWI uniforms, headgear, a U.S. doughboy personal kit, helmets, battlefield relics, and a collection of WWI German and American items made in America for the German war effort. Other photos show a World War I “Service Room” opened in downtown Clear Spring. These types of rooms were a forerunner of the USO. In Clear Spring, local young folks gathered daily with the soldiers to play games and chat.
Shippensburg Veterans Day Parade is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in downtown Shippensburg. The parade forms at King and Prince streets and end at King and Morris streets. The parade is organized by the Joint Veterans Council of Shippensburg.
Adventure Park USA in Monrovia, Md., is offering all active and retired military a free Indoor Fun Pass Package with a military ID in honor of Veterans Day. Everyone else can save on Veteran’s Day with a buy-one-get-one-free 3-hour pass. This is a $28 savings and is available for purchase online only and available for use only on Nov. 11. An Indoor Fun Pass Package includes 3-hour access to West World Laser Tag, Rustlers Ridge Rock Wall, Hang ‘Em High Ropes Course and Spin Zone Bumper Cars plus 1 round of Hologate Virtual Reality and $5 in arcade credits. This pass also includes a slice of pizza and a small drink.
On Sunday, Nov. 11, all veterans and active duty military personnel are entitled to a free 6-inch turkey sub and a regular size fountain drink at any Sheetz store. Sheetz locations offering carwashes will also provide a free carwash to veterans and active duty military. Military ID or proof of service must be presented to qualify. For more information, go to www.sheetz.com.
The Conococheague Settlement will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, with a display of WWI and WWII memorabilia at the Welsh Barrens Visitors Center, 12995 Bain Road, Mercersburg, Pa. The display includes images developed from glass photo plates taken by Gen. George Patton’s Signal Corps commander including images of North Africa, Italy, France and Germany, and the Navy women who taught bombardiers. Other memorabilia from the collections of Tom Steiger, Van Adams and Richard Walck is on display, which includes uniforms and rare posters. Light refreshments will be available. (You can trim this a little if you need to)
Monday, Nov. 12
Annual Veterans Day parade is at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in downtown Chambersburg, Pa. Event is sponsored by the Cumberland Valley 21-Day Retreat Organization.
Sharpsburg Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony is at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in the Sharpsburg Town Square. The event is sponsored by Antietam Unit 236 American Legion Auxiliary. The ceremony will include Guest Speaker Retired U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Park Ranger Mike Gamble of the Antietam National Battlefield, Clopper Michael Post 10 American Legion Honor Guard, Boonsboro High School Chorus under the direction of Micah Socks and the Sharpsbug Elementary School fourth and fifth grade students. Veterans in attendance will receive a small token of appreciation for service to their country. The public is invited.
Shippensburg University’s Veterans Day ceremony is at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in Old Main Chapel. Shippensburg University’s Army ROTC Raider Battalion will host the ceremony, featuring speaker Lt. Col. Christopher Morton, professor and chair of the Department of Military Science. The event is open to the public.