Honorary First Defenders Allentown. The Honorary First Defenders strives to perpetuate the memory of the First Defenders who defended our Capitol in 1861 and supports our local military reserve units.

Honorary First Defenders Annual Church Service at Zion’s Reformed U.C.C. Church


Zion’s “Liberty Bell” Church Service
Sunday, February 10, 2019
10:30 AM Special Music by
Ken Purcell along with Jake Laubach
The Jolly Tars
10:30 AM Service
Rev. Bob Stevens, Pastor

The Honorary First Defenders will be participating in their annual church service at Zion’s Reformed U.C.C. Church, 620 Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA. The original First Defenders were called to protect our Capitol in April, 1861 and stopped at Zion’s church to pray before boarding the train to Harrisburg. The church service is held on the date closest to Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Company G, 96th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry will be there to portray the soldiers of the Civil War Regiment color guard and Civil War reenactors.

Ken Purcell and Jake Laubach “The Jolly Tars” will perform historical music that influenced popular Civil War era songs.
For more information on The Jolly Tars see: http://www.kenpurcellmusic.com/

Jake Laubach Ken Purcell
Jake Laubach and Ken Purcell

Please join us for this event.  There will be a luncheon immediately following the church service.  All are welcome.  If you plan on attending please contact the church at 610-435-2412. 



Information provided to TVL by:
Vi Hertzog
Honorary First Defenders
Public Information Officer