The Annual 9/11 Memorial Service, at the Historic Letterkenny Chapel will be held on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at 3:00 p.m., Letterkenny Army Depot, 2171 Carbaugh Avenue, Chambersburg, PA.The guest speaker will be Chaplain (COL) Ronald E. Martin-Minnich (Ret.) who was deployed to the Pentagon to Support Casualty Assistance following the 9/11 Attack. His remarks will help unite our minds and hearts to the events that unfolded on that tragic day.
COL Martin-Minnich was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He received his B.A. degree in Religion from Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania, in 1974 and received his Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC, in 1977. He graduated from The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 1999. He was ordained as a Minister of Word and Sacrament by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in 1978 and is a member of the Presbytery of Carlisle. He was commissioned as a Chaplain in the Maryland Army National Guard in 1985. He served with the Maryland Army National Guard for 25 years and was the first ANG Chaplain to serve the Multinational Force and Observers peacekeeping mission in the Sinai, Egypt. He has also served in Estonia; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and at the Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. Among his awards are the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal.
COL Martin-Minnich lives in Mercersburg, PA, and is married to the Reverend Dr. Terry Martin-Minnich. They have two sons, Staff Sergeant Anthony Martin and Daniel Martin-Minnich.
Special music will be presented by the Falling Spring Presbyterian Church Brass Choir, under the direction of David Wenerd, and the Community Chorus, under the direction of Marcel Coates.The Chapel Service will conclude with a rifle salute by the VFW Post 1599 Honor Guard, and the playing of Taps by the Brass Choir, as final tribute to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
For further information, please contact: Paul Cullinane, Program Coordinator, (717) 263-2838.