Delaware County Remembers 9/11 With Special Events on 20th Anniversary

Martin Holahan playing Taps at the Delaware County Veterans Memorial in Newtown Square.
Martin Holahan playing Taps at the Delaware County Veterans Memorial in Newtown Square.

On the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Delaware County communities and organizations are hosting ceremonies and activities to commemorate the day, writes Peg DeGrassa for Daily Times.

Delaware County hosted an annual event Friday honoring First Responders at the Law Enforcement Memorial at Rose Tree Park. 

Today at 8:30 a.m., there will be a Patriot Day observance ceremony at the Delaware County Veterans Memorial in Newtown Square.

The following 9/11 events are also planned today around the county:

The Borough of Ridley Park will hold a Memorial Service, 10:30 a.m. at the Spirit of America Park, Sellers Avenue.

Tinicum Township fire and police will host a 9/11 memorial ceremony 8 a.m. at the 911 Memorial in front of the firehouse. A bell will be run at 8:46 a.m. denoting the time of the first attack.

The Memorial includes a piece of steel recovered from the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

A memorial tribute featuring live bands, food, craft vendors and more will take place from noon to 7 p.m. at Gov. Printz Park in Essington.  Tickets are $10 with proceeds going to the Tinicum Township Fire Co. and Police Department, as well as the Liberty USO at the Philadelphia Airport.

Upper Chi, Lower Chi, Trainer and Marcus Hook join together to remember 9/11 with a procession from noon to 1 p.m., concluding with a ceremony.

 Widener University Army ROTC will hold a vigil 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Old Main flagpole, E. 14th Street and Melrose Avenue.

The Third Annual Delaware County 9/11 Memorial Bike Run will take place, with cyclists taking off from Rose Tree Park at 8:46 a.m.

Clifton Heights Fire Company will hold a memorial service at 2 p.m., with wreaths laid at the memorial to honor firefighters, police and civilians killed in the attack.

Marple will hold a special 20th anniversary 9-11 Remembrance at 6:45 p.m. at Veterans Park off Lawrence Road.  

The Main Line Ecumenical Choir will perform Lauriden’s  “Lux Aeterna” in a service of remembrance Sunday, Sept. 19, 3:30 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Upper Providence.  An offering will benefit First Responders.

A Patriot’s Day event will take place at 10 a.m. today at the Brookhaven Memorial at 2 Cambridge Road in Brookhaven.

A second ceremony is planned for 2 p.m. at the Aston Veterans Memorial Gardens at Five Points, Concord, and Pennell roads in Aston. The alternate site in case of rain is the Aston Community Center, 3270 Concord Road in Aston.

St. Madeline Church in Ridley Park will offer a special 9/11 Memorial Mass at 4 p.m.

Haverford Music Fest, a free event from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., presented by Kelly Music for Life, will honor First Responders.

They will be joined by The Main Line Chamber of Commerce Foundation congratulating the firefighter recipients of scholarships in the Foundation’s Volunteer Emergency Responder Scholarship Fund.

A portion of the festival proceeds will be donated to the Foundation fund.

A Main Line Run/Walk takes place Sunday to raise funds for scholarships benefitting local firefighters and EMTs.

Read the Daily Times for a complete list and details of events.

Here’s a brief news report on the 9/11 ceremony in Rose Tree Park from Friday.

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