We’ll be having a 4th of July patriotic program in Brockway, PA, as we observe Independence Day.
This program will be held at the American Legion Memorial Stage on Monday, July 4, 2022, at 10:30 A.M.
Rev. Dr. Richard E. Denison, Jr.
American Legion Department of Pennsylvania
Chaplain Richard Denison is ending his sixth term as State Chaplain, American Legion Dept. of Pennsylvania. A Native of Shiremanstown Pennsylvania he graduated from Lebanon Valley College (BA in Religious Studies) and the Divinity School of the University of Chicago (MA in Religious Studies and D. Min.) In 1985 he began full time service as a Pastor in The United Methodist Church serving several congregations throughout Central Pennsylvania. In 1990 he was commissioned as Chaplain 1st Lt. in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard. He retired in 2012 as a Lt. Col. and Wing Chaplain at the 193rd Special Operations Wing in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. During his career he deployed in support of operations Sea Signal (Haiti), Deny Flight (Bosnia) as well as several deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2000, Chaplain Denison retired from active ministry in The United Methodist Church but shortly thereafter began a second career as an interim Pastor assisting congregations as they face times of transition. Currently he is the Interim Pastor of Paxton United Methodist Church in Harrisburg, ironically the congregation he was serving when he was called to active duty to serve in Iraq in 2004-5.
He is a member of American Legion Post 594 in Middletown Pennsylvania where he serves as Chaplain and VFW Post 6704, Mechanicsburg Pennsylvania where he is the commander. Chaplain Denison resides in Mechanicsburg, PA with his wife Barbara, who recently retired from the faculty of Shippensburg University. Together they have two grown children, two grandchildren and an orange tabby cat named Pumpkin.
You may also visit our Events page to learn more about our other activities leading up to the Fourth of July Celebration.