Veterans Day, held on the anniversary of the end of World War I, previously called Armistice Day, is a federal holiday to honor all veterans. Veterans Day 2017 is Saturday, Nov. 11.
Local events include:
Adams County residents can attend a community appreciation day sponsored by the Gettysburg Foundation and Gettysburg National Military Park that grants free admission on Nov. 11 to the Cyclorama, Film and Museum Experience at Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center and at the David Wills House. Military veterans also will be admitted free of charge (active duty military receive free admission year-round.) In conjunction with Community Appreciation Day, the Rupp House History Center will be open noon-5 p.m. (admission is free/tickets are not required). For more information, go to www.gettysburgfoundation.org.
The Joint Veterans Council of Shippensburg (American Legion Post No. 223 and VFW Post No. 6168) will host a Veterans Day parade at 2 p.m. Nov. 5. The parade will form at Queen and King streets at 1:30 p.m. Information: Lana Varner at 717-816-1944.
Cumberland Valley High School's Patriot's Club will host a veterans appreciation ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9. Students and local elected officials will participate. A reception will be held afterward for military and active duty service members.
The Carlisle Vietnam Veterans will hold their annual all-night vigil from 10:30 p.m. Nov. 10 to 11 a.m. Nov. 11 on the steps of the old courthouse in Carlisle to honor and remember all POW-MIAs. Information: Bob Hinkle at 717-776-4777.
The Silver Spring Township Veterans Memorial Committee will hold its seventh annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 in Willow Mill Park, 80 Willow Mill Park Road. The 45-minute ceremony will include speeches by two students on the theme, "How Does the Veteran Inspire Selfless Service.?" Inscribed bricks and plaques will be dedicated and guided tours of the memorial will be available after the service. A blood drive also will be held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the township building, 8 Flowers Road. If it rains, the Veterans Day service will be held under a pavilion in the park. Information: www.sstveteransmemorial.com.
The Joint Veterans Council of Carlisle will hold its program at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11 in the second-floor courtroom of the old courthouse. The Cumberland County Honor Guard will provide the firing squad and bugler. Speaker will be Maj. Gen. John S. Kem, commandant, U.S. Army War College. Information: Neil J. Delisanti at 717-240-6178.
American Legion Post No. 751, Enola, will hold a ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 in front of the legion on Shady Lane. A meal will be provided for veterans with proof of service. If the weather is bad, the event will be held inside. Information: T.S. Balko, commander, 717-329-1522.
Lower Allen VFW Post No. 7530 will hold a ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the post, 4545 Westport Drive. Guest speaker is Col. Oren "Hank" McKnelly. Information: Scott Henry at 717-364-5871.
The Newville Joint Veterans Council will hold a service at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 at the memorial at the fountain. The service includes placing flowers, playing taps and giving hometown heroes banners to family members. Guest speaker will be Robert Gilbert, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during Vietnam and is a member of American Legion Post No. 421 in Newville and the Marine Corps League. If the weather is bad, the service will be held inside the VFW on West Main Street. Information: Patricia Reed at 717-776-7825.
Cumberland Crossings, 1 Longsdorf Way, South Middleton Township, will hold a Veterans Day celebration at 11 a.m. Nov. 11. The celebration includes a flagpole ceremony, a presentation from the U.S. Army War College and lunch. For reservations, call Stanton at 717-240-6027.
The U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center at 950 Soldiers Drive in Middlesex Township will host a living history event called "Remembering Armistice Day" 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 11-12 at the World War I Allied and German trenches on the Army Heritage Trail. Among the day's highlights include reenactors who will illustrate the events as they unfolded for the 316th Infantry Regiment, AEF in the hours leading up to and the day following the Compiegne Armistice. Visitors are invited to come witness the life of an American Doughboy in the trenches and the end of the war for the 316th. The event will follow the unit's daily wartime routine - patrolling, caring for those in the Aid Station, cooking for the troops, and maintaining the supply line to the front - and will then recognize the end of the war at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Exhibits, including Soldier Experience Gallery and the new World War I exhibit, "'Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France' - America in the Era of World War I," in the Visitor and Education Center, are open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, go to www.usahec.org or call 717-245-3972.
Just For Today Recovery and Veterans Support Services will hold a Veterans Day appreciation celebration at FT, 300 Market St., Lemoyne, noon-7 p.m. Nov. 11. Veterans can receive free coffee and pastries and learn about programs available to them.
Shippensburg University's Army ROTC Raider Battalion will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 in the Ceddia Union Building. Speaker will be Lt. Col. Christopher Morton, professor and chair of the Department of Military Science. From Nov. 6 to 9, the ROTC battalion will staff a table in the CUB where members of the Ship community can write notes of appreciation for veterans. The notes will be shared with veterans at the Boulder Crest Retreat, a nonprofit organization supporting veteran health and wellness. ROTC will participate in the Shippensburg Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 5. Information: www.ship.edu/rotc.
Mechanicsburg Area Veterans Council's program is at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the GAR monument in Mechanicsburg Cemetery. Guest speaker is David Bennett, U.S. Army War College.
AMES True Temper will give away free car snow shovels to the first 250 veterans and active duty military 9-11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the distribution center, 1 True Temper Drive, Carlisle. Discounted prices also are available on some tools for veterans.
Parking will be free on Nov. 11 in Harrisburg.
The AACA Museum in Hershey will offer free admission to all veterans on Nov. 11. The automobile museum is at 161 Museum Drive in South Hanover Township.
Widener Law Commonwealth will hold a ceremony at 10:15 a.m. Nov. 10 in Room A180 of the administration building, 3737 Vartan Way, Susquehanna Township. The topic will be, "The Evolving Role of Veterans in American History." Speakers are Mike Perry, executive director of the Army Heritage Center Foundation, and Col. Robert J. DeSousa, state judge advocate, Pennsylvania National Guard and state director for U.S. Senator Pat Toomey. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-541-3955.
Lancaster County Commissioners will unveil a plaque at 10 a.m. Nov. 11 in honor of Lancaster County veterans who served during the Vietnam War. The ceremony will be held at Veteran's Plaza, 150 N. Queen St.
Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will host a Massing of the Colors memorial to service members who have died in combat since 9/11. The memorial is in the village's Veterans Grove and is lit for nighttime viewing. The public can walk through the flag display free of charge. The memorial was created by the National Sojourners Harrisburg Chapter No. 76. Information: 717-367-1121.
The Indiantown Gap National Cemetery Memorial Council 35th annual Veterans Day program will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Pennsylvania Veterans Memorial, rain or shine. Speaker will be Maj. Gen. Walter T. Lord, military executive to the Reserve Forces Policy Board, Office of the Secretary of Defense. The Washington Band will provide music. Shuttle bus transportation to and from designated parking areas will be provided. Those attending should bring lawn chairs. Information: 717-865-5254.
Carson Long Military Academy in New Bloomfield will celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11 with a parade followed by a reception. The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. on Alumni Field. The school will recognize its "Gold Star Platoon," which is 44 Carson Long who have died in military service. There also will be a 21-gun salute followed by a reception in The Maples.
The 57th annual Perry County Veterans Day parade will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 4 in Marysville by the Perry County Council of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The parade starts at Sylvan Street and Maple Avenue and finishes at the Marysville swimming pool. There is no rain date.
Royer's Flowers & Gifts will give a free red, white and blue bouquet to veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The offer is available in person only at all of Royer's 16 stores in Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties, including Stephenson's Flowers & Gifts in Lower Paxton Township, Dauphin County.