A Celebration of Service: Honoring Pennsylvania Veterans
Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
When the officers of the 28th Infantry Division returned from Europe after World War I, they began holding reunions and dedicating shrines here on the original training grounds of Colonel Theodore D. Boal's mounted machine gun troop. This tradition continues each spring when soldiers and airmen from armories across the Commonwealth gather to honor the service and sacrifice of their fallen comrades in a program of thoughtful remembrance.
Helicopters, military vehicles, and equipment arrive in the morning. The ceremony begins at 12:30.
A Chinook makes its approach with Mount Nittany in the background in preparation for landing on the morning of the event.
Grass thrown up from the rotor wash gives meaning to the term "Dust-Off."
A Blackhawk helicopter makes an approach on the LZ from the direction of Tussey Mountain. Differing from air shows, the public at the Celebration of Service really get to experience the power of flight up close.
An Apache arrives to round out the air support.
Assorted tracked and wheeled vehicles on display draw a crowd of onlookers.
Guideons from all Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard units practice the march to the Shrine before the ceremony.
A SGT MAJ of Infantry keeps the troops in step.
Dignitaries arrive via flights from Harrisburg.
The 28th Division Band begins the ceremony at 12:30 p.m. sharp.
The Service begins.
An artillery battery fires the traditional 21-gun salute prior to the playing of Taps and the conclusion of the ceremony.
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