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Local Students Collaborate with VFW to Clean Hometown Heroes Banners in Chambersburg

Members of the Career Magnet School (CMS) Student School Board and Mrs. Garland’s civics class participated in a community service project aimed at cleaning the Hometown Heroes Banners that adorned the streets of Chambersburg for two years. The banners, which honor local veterans, have been exposed to various weather conditions, resulting in significant dirt accumulation.

The initiative, a joint effort between the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and Chambersburg Borough, focuses on preserving the integrity of these banners before they are returned to the families of the veterans they celebrate. The project not only helps maintain the physical condition of the banners but also instills a sense of community and respect for veterans among the students.

The cleaned banners are scheduled to be returned to the veterans’ families in an upcoming ceremony, ensuring that the tribute to their service remains in pristine condition. This collaborative effort highlights the community’s ongoing commitment to honoring its heroes and the educational value of such civic activities.

Photo Credits to Chambersburg Area School District


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For the past years, Tammy helped take care of her mother. She enjoyed watching game shows and listening to contemporary Christian music.

Robert William Gordon 1947-2024

Born August 18, 1947, a son of the late Merrill R. and Goldie E. Kotzmoyer Gordon, Bob liked to hunt and fish, and loved spending time with his family.

Janice Mae Keller 1938-2024

Janice always enjoyed shopping trips with her children and always used that opportunity to stop at her favorite restaurant, Olive Garden.

Ethel R. Smith 1935-2024

Ethel was a very loving and caring woman. She will always be remembered and cherished as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

Sharon M. Matthews 1951-2024

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Ralph V. Foltz 1928-2024

Ralph enjoyed hunting, telling stories, and traveling around the United States on bus trips, alongside his wife Lois.

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