Waynesboro and Chambersburg face off at Stars and Stripes football game
This Friday night at Buchanan Automotive Stadium in Waynesboro, it will be much more than a football game between the Waynesboro Area High School Indians and the Chambersburg Area High School Trojans.
The Campbells, a local military family with close ties to WASHS, will be honored at the annual Stars and Stripes game hosted by the Waynesboro Indians Quarterback Club. Fans should arrive at 6:30 p.m. for the program and kick-off is at 7 p.m. Additionally, post-game fireworks are back this year thanks to contributions from local businesses after being sidelined for two years due to a lack of funding.
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“We want to teach the boys that it’s not just about football,” says IQ club co-treasurer Leanne Nolan, who has been involved since the Stars and Stripes game was introduced in 2017. for us to honor our military and teach players how important it is to give back to the community. The community has been so grateful that we host this event every year, there’s a lot of excitement around it.
The Campbell family, this year’s local heroes, will be honored before the game and will be the honorary captains of the draw.
Commanding Sgt. Maj. Andy and Natalie Campbell and their sons, Cpl. Aidan Campbell and Will Campbell will be on hand. Their daughter, 2nd Lt. Albany Campbell, serves in Eastern Europe.
Members of the Stallions, Quincy and Ninth Grade football teams will carry a large flag onto the field for the national anthem.
Stars and Stripes t-shirts were sold this week and the National Guard is providing camouflage jerseys to players. The National Guard also brings a rock wall for climbing.
Members in uniform will be admitted to the game free of charge.
Who are this year’s local heroes?
“The Campbells were very active in the football program while Aidan was in school. Natalie has been a substitute at WASHS since 2014, (and) recall member for the football, cross country and basketball teams said Nolan. Will Campbell is a junior at WASHS and a member of the basketball, cross country and track and field teams.
Commanding Sgt. Major Andy Campbell enlisted in the United States Army Deferred Entry Program on February 26, 1992 and served on active duty until May 1996. He then transitioned to the Pennsylvania National Guard, where he continues to serve today. He has held numerous leadership positions and is currently the State Command Sergeant Major.
Second Lt. Albany Campbell, a 2017 WASHS graduate, is the Charlie Battery Launcher Platoon Leader in 5e Battalion, 7e Air defense artillery. She is stationed in Baumholder, Germany, and is currently deployed in Eastern Europe. Prior to this position, she was a recruiter for the Gold Bar in Knoxville, Tennessee. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and is a graduate of the Basic Air Defense Artillery Officer Leadership Course. At WASHS, she ran across the country, was involved in Young Life, and served on student council.
Cpl. Aidan Campbell is a 2019 WASHS graduate. He joined the Pennsylvania National Guard before graduation, attended boot camp at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and trained as a Chinook helicopter mechanic at Fort Eustis, Virginia. He reported to his unit at Fort Indiantown Gap in March 2020 and was deployed to Iraq. from June 2020 to May 2021. He is assigned to the Eastern Army National Guard Aeronautical Training Site at Fort Indiantown Gap. He was a member of the WASHS football and basketball teams.
Shawn Hardy is a reporter for Gannett’s Franklin County newspapers in south-central Pennsylvania – Echo Pilot in Greencastle, The Record Herald in Waynesboro, and Public Opinion in Chambersburg. She has over 35 years of journalism experience. Contact her at email@example.com