Memorial Day observances will begin in Huntingdon Monday, May 27, with a parade moving down Washington Street at 10 a.m.

A service will follow at 11 a.m. at War Vets Field with retired Lt. Col. Dianne Barben serving as guest speaker.

Barben was born in Augsburg, Germany, to the late Margaret and Edward House. She was reared in Mount Union and graduated from Mount Union Area High School.

She received her diploma in nursing from Lancaster Genral Hospital School of Nursing and worked at J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital for a brief period before joining the United States Air Force.

Barben attended Military Indoctrination of Medical Service Officers at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, in 1977, and was subsequently assigned as a staff nurse to Nellis Air Force Base, Anchorage, Alaska, Dover Air Force Base, Dover, Delaware, March Air Force Base, Moreno Valley, California, Kessler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Mississippi, and Beale Air Force Base, Marysville, California. She served as a staff nurse, charge nurse, clinical coordinator, flight commander, chief nurse and squadron deputy commander. While in the military, Barben completed her bachelor of science in nursing from Pennsylvania State University and master of science in nursing from the University of Delaware.

Barben retired from the United States Air Force in 2001. She resides in Huntingdon and currently serves as the director of Women and Children’s Services at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College.


Memorial Day services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the McConnellstown Cemetery behind the McConnellstown Playhouse. The program is sponsored by the McConnellstown Cemetery Association and will include the traditional Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) memorial service.

The speaker for this year will be Sgt. 1st Class Chuck States. He has over 30 years combined active and reserve service in the United States Army. He served in Kuwait from May 2015 to February 2016.

States is currently a member of the Army Reserve, serving as detachment sergeant of the 443 Engineer Facilities Detachment in Johnstown. He is currently employed as a human resources specialist at the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center, Altoona.

States is the son of Charles and Judy States of McConnellstown. He and his wife, Jenni, and their children reside in Boswell.

In the event of rain, services will be held at the McConnellstown United Methodist Church on Ward Street.


Chief Master Sgt. Sherry Bowes will serve as the guest speaker for Memorial Day services in Mapleton Monday, May 27.

The parade will form at 9 a.m. and folks will make their way to the cemetery for services, to begin at 9:30 a.m.

Bowes is the senior paralegal manager to The Judge Advocate General. In her position, she serves as the senior adviser to The Judge Advocate General and senior staff on enlisted matters for paralegals within The Judge Advocate General Corps worldwide. She exercises management responsibility over and serves more than 1,300 Air Force active duty and Air Reserves Component paralegals. She advises The Judge Advocate General on all issues regarding quality of life, morale, health and welfare as a member of the corps’ strategic planning committee and The Judge Advocate General’s School Advisory Board. She was selected to be the 17th senior paralegal manager to TJAG in 2017.

Bowes was born and reared in Hares Valley and graduated from Southern Huntingdon County High School. She enlisted in the United States Air Force and headed to basic training in March 1990. She started her Air Force service as a security specialist at Howard Air Force Base in Panama, guarding multimillion-dollar aircraft on the flightline. She retrained into the paralegal career field in 1994 and has spent 25 years as an Air Force paralegal and 29 years serving the United States Air Force.

Bowes is married to Master Sgt. Sean Bowes, also an active duty Air Force member and superintendent of the logistics and readiness division of the 11th Security Forces Squadron, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. They have twin daughters, Mackenzie and Morgan, who are soon to be juniors at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Bowes is the daughter of Robert and Cheryl Glasgow. Her father grew up in Mapleton and fought for the United States Army in Vietnam and retired from US Silica in Mapleton. Her mother grew up in Hares Valley and retired from the Huntingdon County Career and Technology Center. They currently reside in Hares Valley.

Bowes has received a number of major awards and decorations, including Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal with one silver and three bronze oak leaf clusters, the National Defense Service Medal with a bronze star, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, the Iraqi Campaign Medal and she was named College for Professional Development NCO of the year in 2002.


Southern Huntingdon County High School graduate Capt. Robert Mellott Jr. will serve as guest speaker for Memorial Day services at 11 a.m. Monday, May 27, at the Madden-Wennick American Legion Post 518 in Rockhill.

A Fulton County native, Mellott graduated from SHCHS in 1964 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Shippensburg University in 1968. He entered the U.S. Army in 1968 and completed basic training at Fort Leornard Wood, Missouri, and Field Artillery Officers Candidate School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He was then sent to Fort Benning, Georgia, to complete the Parachute and Ranger schools. He was then assigned to the Seventh Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where he completed the Jump Master School and received Jungle Operations Training in Panama. He then served with the 101st Airborne (Screaming Eagles) in Vietnam. After Vietnam, Mellott served with the Special Ammunitions Command in Sogel, Germany.

Mellott’s military awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Parachute Badge, Ranger Tab, Vietnam Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and two Overseas Service Bars.

Mellott currently resides outside of Orbisonia with his wife, Ellen Cheslock, a retired teacher at Rockhill and Shade Gap elementary schools.

Services will include music by the Southern Huntingdon County High School band and invocation and benediction delivered by the Rev. Ed Seeley of the Orbisonia United Methodist Church.

Members of the post, as well as the auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion, will participate in a flower presentation and the honor guard will present a rifle salute and taps. Refreshments will be served following the services in the post dining room.


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