When: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Where: Due to rain, this event will be held indoors at the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company Banquet Hall
Time: 2:00 pm
Parking: Public parking is available on the lot on West Franklin Street.
Ephrata Borough Police Chief William Harvey will serve as our emcee.
Invocation – CH (LTC) Donald Lindman, retired pastor, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Welcome – Ralph Mowen, Mayor of Ephrata
Flag Procession, National Anthem, and Pledge of Allegiance – Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard and Tony Cerase, U.S. Army Retired Chief Warrant Officer 3
Historical Perspective – Larry Alexander, Author
Keynote Speech – General Thomas Hobbins
Laying of the Wreath – Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard and General Hobbins
Benediction – CH (LTC) Donald Lindman
Bagpipes (Amazing Grace and Going Home) – Jonathan Welch, Musician
CH (LTC) Donald Lindman is a retired Army Chaplain. He served for 28 years in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard and the Army Reserves.CH Lindman was activated during the Bosnian call up and for the War on Terror (9-11). In his civilian ministry, he served as pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and a hospital chaplain for 18 years with the Veterans Administration at the Lebanon VAMC.
The Red Rose Veterans Honor Guard, Inc. is a volunteer organization comprised of honorably discharged and retired veterans as well as active duty, Reserve, and National Guard members. Certified in 2009 by the Department of Defense to provide military honors at veterans’ funeral services, the organization also provides Color Guards at non-political civic events and ceremonies connected to a military purpose.
A lifelong native of Ephrata, Larry Alexander is an award-winning journalist (now retired) and a two-time national bestselling author. He worked for 23 years as a reporter and columnist for the Lancaster New Era/Intelligencer Journal newspaper, earning multiple awards for his excellence in journalism.
Alexander is the author of the New York Times bestselling biography “Biggest Brother: The Life of Major Dick Winters, the Man Who Led the Band of Brothers.” He also authored “Shadows In the Jungle: The Alamo Scouts Behind Japanese Lines in World War II,” a book about one of America’s first special forces units, and “In the Footsteps of the Band of Brothers: A Return to Easy Company’s Battlefields With Sgt. Forrest Guth.” All are published by New American Library, an imprint of Penguin/Random House Books.
Alexander, along with Adam Makos, is co-author of the New York Times bestseller “A Higher Call,” published by Berkley Books, a division of Penguin/Random House. Most recently he co-authored “Bloody Ridge and Beyond: A World War II Marine’s Memoir of Edson’s Raiders” with Marine veteran Marlin Whitey” Groft. The book is published by Berkley.
Alexander’s current project, “76 Hours: A Novel of Tarawa,” is his first venture into historical fiction. In retirement, he now writes a humor column for the Ephrata Review.
Alexander has a Bachelor’s Degree in history from Millersville University and has written articles for the school’s alumni magazine. He has also interviewed scores of veterans spanning from World War I to Afghanistan for articles published by America In World War II, Valor, and American Legion magazines.
Alexander photo credit: Dan Marshka
General William Thomas Hobbins
Gen. Tom Hobbins, a decorated U.S. Air Force officer, spent the first 18 years of his life in Ephrata, PA.
Before his retirement from the military in 2008, he was Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe; Commander, NATO Allied Air Component Command, Ramstein; and Director, Joint Air Power Competence Centre, Ramstein Air Base, Germany. He had responsibility for Air Force activities in a theater spanning three continents, covering more than 20 million square miles, 93 countries and territories, and possessing one-fourth of the world’s population and about one-third of the world’s Gross Domestic Product.
General Hobbins entered the Air Force in December 1969 as a graduate of Officer Training School. He commanded a numbered air force, two tactical fighter wings and a composite air group. He served as the Director of Plans and Operations for U.S. Forces Japan, Director of Plans and Policy for U.S. Atlantic Command, the Director of Operations for U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and as a Deputy Chief of Staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. As the USAFE Director of Operations, General Hobbins was responsible for the planning, beddown and execution of combat forces in Europe for Operation Allied Force. As 12th Air Force Commander, the 12th Air Force Air Operations Center deployed to Southwest Asia as operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom’s alternate AOC. As Deputy Chief of Staff for Warfighting Integration and the Air Force’s Chief Information Officer, General Hobbins developed and implemented the Air Force’s C4ISR Roadmap for networks enabling predictive battlespace awareness and targeting. As Director of the Joint Air Power Competence Centre, he guided the development of NATO’s C4ISR and Unmanned Aerial Systems Roadmaps.
A command pilot, the General has more than 5,100 flying hours, primarily in fighter aircraft.
His many awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Defense Superior Service Medal (with oak leaf cluster), and the Legion of Merit.