World War One Tours and Events - September 23 & 24th

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Tours and Events for September 23 & 24, 2017



The Naval Asylum Burial Ground - Yeadon



Open on Saturday, September 23
Time:12:30
Tour of WW1 Graves in the Naval Asylum plot
Hosted by the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery

Sunday 24 ,September 2017
Time: 10:30 
Ceremony honoring veterans of WW1. Co-Hosted by the VA, Brough of Yeadon, American Legion Post's 761 and 507, and the Pennsylvania WW1 Committee.

Location Naval Asylum Burial Ground adjacent to Mount Moriah Cemetery at the Flag Pole

Both days enter at the Cobbs Creek Parkway entrance to Mount Moriah Cemetery in Yeadon
Location Naval Asylum Burial Ground adjacent to Mount Moriah Cemetery at the Flag Pole
Enter at the Cobbs Creek Parkway entrance to Mount Moriah Cemetery in Yeadon

Tour of WW1 Graves in the Naval Asylum plot Sponsored by the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery


Sports Legends of Delaware County301 Iven Ave, Wayne, PA 19087
Theme: WW1 the Delco Baseball League,
and Delco Athletes who served in the Great War

Saturday. September 23rd 11a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

 
The Massey House 


Open on Sunday 24 September 2017 from Noon to 3 p.m.

The 1696 Thomas Massey House is one of the oldest English Quaker homes in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It is a 2-story brick and stone house, originally constructed by the English, Quaker settler, Thomas Massey in 1696.

In addition to the usual programming they will also be featuring information about the family who lived in the house during the World War 1 years, and a blacksmith working forge. Blacksmiths were still very much part of Delaware County life during World War.


470 Lawrence Rd.
Broomall, PA 19008



Lazaretto Station

One stop with three presentations
Saturday 23 September 2017 10AM-4PM
Sunday.   24 September 2017. Noon-3PM


1. The Lazaretto (Chandler Field during WWI)
 presented by the Friends of the 1799 Lazaretto Interpretive Museum

2. Hog Island Shipyard

presented by the Tinicum Township Historical Society 

3.Corinthian Yacht Club (yachts were used as Section Patrol Boat roles throughout the War), presented by the Corinthian Yacht Club Historical Society

Presented through the both days over the weekend, Rain or Shine


99 Wanamaker Avenue


 Delaware County Veteran’s Memorial
Drive through Saturday, Sept 23th and Sunday, Sept 24th all day.


4599 West Chester Pike
Newtown Square, PA 19073






 

Chichester Meeting House (self guided drive by or walk)

Lewis E Ingram served with the  242nd Ambulance Corps in WW1 as part of the 11ths Sanitary Hospital. As a Quaker he served as a non-combatant on the Western Front, and was most likely an ambulance driver or an orderly.

Ingram, Lewis E. born in Easttown, Chester Co. in 1896. His birth is recorded in Volume 1 Page 121 Birth Records. Chester County, Pennsylvania Archives and Records.http://www.chesco.org/index.aspx?


Widener University Drive-by 

World war one memorial at entrance to Widener University then named Pennsylvania military college who’s students and alumni served with distinction during World War I .

Routes 320 and 352
 

Pennsylvania Veterans Museum

Saturday, Sept. 23 and Sunday, Sept.24
Noon-5PM Sat and Sun for tour 





Lecture and Tour at former 3rd Presbyterian Church


Open House 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
420 East Ninth & Potter Streets, Chester, Pa 19013

Come enjoy a tour & talk about the former Third Presbyterian Church

Come step into the past to hear the CHPC’s vision for the future of this beautiful Gem in Chester, Pa. The former Third Presbyterian church in Chester, Pa was a recently acquired by the Chester Historical

Preservation Committee in  September of 2015. It is the CHPC’s goal to totally restore this beautiful architectural marvel.  During WWI the Third Presbyterian Church offered support and provided a moral compass for the residents of the City of Chester.  The Church  was there to lend moral support  to the families of young men and women who served in the Great War.



World War I Living History & Encampment

Thunderbird Lodge in Rose Valley
109th Infantry, Company L
28th Division, Pennsylvania National Guard

Saturday, September 23rd
Noon until 6pm

Thunderbird Lodge
41 Rose Valley Rd
Rose Valley, PA 19063

Chester Rural Cemetery
The Chester Rural Cemetery was established in March 1863 to serve the needs of the rapidly growing city of Chester, PA and the surrounding Delaware County area.

Among the first interments were Civil War casualties, from both sides of the conflict, from the US Government Hospital located across the street on what would later become the campus of Crozer Theological Seminary and Crozer Chester Medical Center. Many of these casualties were removed on October 28,1891 to Philadelphia Soldiers' National Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA. Some of the confederate soldiers were later taken home by their families for burial. The records of all, however, have been preserved in the archives of the Cemetery.

Chester Rural is Delaware County's only example of the rural or landscaped cemetery built in the days before public parks and as such it was a popular destination for a Sunday afternoon outing as late as the early part of the twentieth century. Its curved walkways and driveways, and rolling hills and valleys were landscaped with a variety of specimens of the area, and until the mid 1950's a focal point was the acre-and-a-half lake, bordered by dogwoods and home to geese, ducks and water lilies.

Spanning over 36 acres and 152 years, Chester Rural is still in full operation and is the final resting place of over 31,000 individuals. Careful records have been kept over the years and, in some cases, family information has been added by visitors researching their ancestors.


Members of the 7th NJ and 186th PA living history groups will be standing Honor Guard at the Chester Rural Cemetery Soldier Circle

10AM - 5PM on Saturday and Sunday Noon - 3PM

September 23/24 2017 at the WW1 Memorial
living history groups will be standing Honor Guard at the Chester Rural Cemetery Soldier Circle 



Collingdale Park- 500 Lincoln Avenue, Collingdale

Saturday, September 23rd
“Day of Remembrance”- Collingdale Historical Society Event starts at 10 am with a brief message about the Collingdale WWI veterans. There will be two walking tours.

The first one will be at 10:30 am at Collingdale Park- The north side of Collingdale and memories of Collingdale landmarks from WWI. (This walking tour will briefly touch on Aldan with a stop at their museum at the corner of Providence Road and Woodlawn Avenues.) The Glover family and the Beatty family will be represented during this walking tour through the north side of Collingdale. The walking tour length is about an hour and half.

The second walking tour entitled “Leland Brown’s Collingdale” is a walking tour of the south side of Collingdale heading towards Darby. This walking tour will start at Collingdale Park at 1:30 pm. Highlights of this walking tour include the site of Pusey Avenue Elementary School and the site of Ann Pusey's house. (One of the oldest residents in Collingdale and was the granddaughter of one of the settlers in the area.) Those who wish to go to Eden Cemetery for their walking tours will be in walking distance from the cemetery.

Collingdale Park activities will only be on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm.

THIS IS A "SHINE" EVENT.

Eden Cemetery -1434 Springfield Road, Collingdale


Saturday and Sunday, September 23rd & 24th from 11a.m. to 1 p.m.

In Memoriam
The colored soldiers of Pennsylvania who
fought and died in France 1917-1918 that liberty,
equality and fraternity be established in all nations
and among all people.
The entry for the tour is the Bartram Avenue and Springfield Road entrance which is adjacent to
Mt. Zion Cemetery.

The tour will highlight the participation of African Americans during World War 1 and include
viewing the grave sites of some of the World War 1 Veterans buried in the Celestine section.
The tour will conclude at the World War 1 Colored Soldiers Memorial.

Richard White from the African American Museum of Philadelphia will be conducting the tours.

The main entrance to the cemetery will be opened 10 am - 4 pm on Sat. and Sun. for anyone wishing
to visit the World War One Colored Soldiers Memorial located at the main entrance to the cemetery.

I suggest adding the following: to wear comfortable walking shoes and to be aware that the ground
is uneven.


THIS IS A "SHINE" EVENT.

Darby, Saturday, September 23rd

Darby Free Library
Darby Free Library - 1001 Main Street
Location: 1001 Main Street
Theme: Darby's WWI Legacy and Legends
Darby Free Library will be celebrating their 275th year as a library. The library has been in continuous use since 1743.

The library opens at 10 am (normal time) with tours of the library starting at 11 am. Poppy making activities for children of all ages will be ongoing throughout the day until 4 pm.

Darby Historical Commission

John and Jan Haigis will be conducting walking tours in Darby with an emphasis on Darby's transportation history. All tours start at the Darby Free Library. The first tour will be at 11 am. (The walking tours are a "shine" event.) Participants in the walking tours will get an eye opening experience discovering new things about Darby during WWI.

Theme: Darby’s WWI Transportation Legacy

Darby VFW on Main Street
Darby VFW
816 Main Street
Theme: Darby's WWI History and Reflections
Time: 10: pm to 4 pm

John Haigis will begin with a program at the Darby Free Library beginning at 10:00 AM followed, by a Walking Tour of Darby with special attention to the legacy of the War in Darby including the start of John Drew's jitney service, the beginning of the American Friends Service Committee, John Drew's concerns about the Gold Star Mother's Pilgrimage, and the role of Darby trolleys bringing people to their work at Sun Ship, Hog Island, and other industrial sites. He will finish at VFW Post 598 at 816 Main Street to see their collection of WWI and other memorabilia. From 1:30 to 2:30, Jan and I will be singing songs of the era at the VFW Post and remembering the profound impact the War to End War had on Darby, the County, and the nation. The program is free and Council and residents are welcome to join in the festivities.

Aldan, Saturday, September 23rd

The Aldan Historical Museum will be open from 10 am to 2 pm. Visitors are welcome to stop by and learn more about Aldan's involvement in the Great War. (Collingdale's first walking tour's last stop will be at the museum.) The museum will be open “rain or shine”.

Lansdowne Walking Tour
Lansdowne and World War I
Saturday September 23, 2017

11:00 – 12:30
Led by Lansdowne resident and local historian Matt Schultz.

Meet at the Lansdowne World War Monument
(located at the south end of Penn Wood High School)

Tour ends inside the First Presbyterian Church of Lansdowne
(Lansdowne and Greenwood Avenues)


FREE OF CHARGE—Rain or shine

Sponsored by Destination Delco and the Historic Lansdowne Theater Corporation




Brookhaven WW1 Memorial

Saturday September 23 2017
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

 
Across from the Brookhaven Community Center
2 Cambridge Rd, Brookhaven, PA 19015

Brookhaven American Legion Post honors the men and women who served in WW1.





Smedley Park, Springfield

The Cardinal Dougherty Assembly of the Knights of Columbus Color Corps  will have a Wreath Laying Ceremony at the WW1 Monument at the entrance to  Smedley Park on Saturday Sept 23 at 10:30 a.m. 

Nether Providence Historical Society

The Nether Providence Historical Society will have a display of Mr. Von Byre’s diaries and other artifacts from his service in the American Ambulance Corp in Italy during WW1.  We will have some information about other local residents who served in that war. 

The display, on the dining room table, will be at the Thomas Leiper House, 521 Avondale Rd., Wallingford.  The house will be open Saturday, Sept. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 24 from noon to 3 p.m.  The phone number at the house is 610-566-6365.

Radnor World War One Monument - Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday noon to 2:00 p.m.

Eugene Hough will be on site at the Radnor WW1 McKenzie Memorial wearing his WW1 Cavalry uniform.  Representing Saving Hallowed Ground as the Monument Education Preservation Field Specialist, he has each year provided conservation services on the monument and also conducted hands on conservation clinics with students on the monument itself.

Gene will talk to people about  interpreting  the wonderful images of the Doughboys featured on the monument and also about my unit the First City Troop that served in the Great War at a remount facility in Georgia, on the Mexican boarder searching for Pancio Via.

Gene will have maps, books and other assorted static display items to share.




Valley Forge Military Academy

VFMAC will be available as a stop of the tour on Saturday, September 23 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. ONLY.

(CLICK ON MAP TO ENLARGE) Please direct participants to 1001 Eagle Road, Wayne, Pa. 19087 and ask them to enter and park at the Parade Field which is located on Eagle Road Established in 1928, Valley Forge Military Academy & College (VFMAC) is an international leadership institute comprised of a middle school and college preparatory high school for boys and a co-ed two-year college, each accredited by the Middle States Commission. Located in Wayne, Pa, VFMAC offers boarding, commuting, and day options. The campus environment is defined by the application of a military model that prepares students to lead and inspire others beyond graduation in a complex and competitive global environment. At VFMAC, students are immersed in a unique educational experience anchored on five cornerstones: academic excellence, character development, personal motivation, physical development and leadership. These cornerstones are the foundation for cadets reaching their academic potential to achieve success in the classroom and beyond.
 

Tour of 2SP Brewery 


Delco’s own 2SP Brewery is the Official Brewery for World War One Delco's “Dance for Democracy” and the "Last Stop" on the All Delco World War One Tour on Saturday and Sunday September 23/24 2017.

For more info: www.2spbrewing.com





MORE Poppies are Blooming - Send Us Your Photos

We have a new form online to keep track of the poppy gardens planned in Delco. Just CLICK HERE for our form which allows you to UPLOAD photos of your planting location and keep track of the progress of your poppies as they bloom.

Here are some recent photos of photos sent to us:
Even in September, Carol Miglaccio's poppies continue to bloom nicely.
These Flanders Poppy pictures are from Holmes Presbyterian Church. They were planted by Elaine VanGeyten, Master Gardener

Carol Migliaccio: “Poppy garden surrounds the Purple Hyacinth Running Bean vine on the fence. The vine was first started in the United States by  Thomas Jefferson in 1812. A fitting combination for those who have served our Country.”

(left) Paddy’s Poppies seem very happy in August. Started indoor in March, they took a while to take hold when planted outdoors in early May. They keep growing larger and have larger blooms, and have many buds for future blooms. (right) Tom, Lowy of Wayne planted seeds in a pot by his back steps and never expected them to take hold and bloom. These are two shining examples of his effort.
(top – from a note to the Master Garderners) “These flowers were directly sowed in the ground. I had planted two packets of seeds at two different times. And a month ago saw one little poppy taking hold. Suddenly this one small sprout grew up. Over the weekend it had one bloom and two other buds. Today it is covered with blooms and many more to come. It was the hope of Council that plantings seeds in May would yield a crop in July. Well, there prayers were answered. I am so excited that I called Delaware County Council as well as the Daily Times and Town Talk. I hope someone will get a picture of these beauties for news.  We'll see.You promoted this venture so I hope you will enjoy my success as much as I am.” Elaine VanGeyten,   (Bottom left) Poppies planted in Melkmar in Berwyn. (Bottom right) Paddy's Poppies in Radnor.

Delaware County Council at Penn State Brandywine Campus Poppy Field

(top left) Bill Tyson at Poppy Garden at Penn State Brandywine Campus. (middle left) “This year we cut down the big holly tree out front - yes, i won that ongoing battle because Joe just could not keep trying to trim it the way he wanted - and certainly nobody else could (or would).  Anyway, the tree came down and the seeds went in.” Elaine and Joe Petner–Upper Darby. (middle right) “I planted two boxes in honor of my grandfather's WWI military to Canada. R.I.P. Robert Henry Hillyard, 94 Argyll Highlanders.” Ginny Davis

(left to right) 1. Another View of the World War II marker in Collingdale  Poppies in bloom on the patio of the Master Gardeners office at Smedley Park  3.  Corrin and Tore Fiore’s dog watching over the poppy blooms at their home in Media.

Send Us Your Pics...

Barbara Moody from Aston shown at World War One Monument at Smedley Park in Springfield. (Photo by George Rothacker)
...in remembrance of all who served from Delco in World War 1.

The World War One Delco Centennial Committee hopes that residents of Delco will all participate in the “remembrance.” So we’ve come up with a way to enable anyone with a computer and printer show  support.
Click on image above to access printable file
  1. Click on the poppy image at left to access the “large photo” of the poppy painting.
  2. Print the image from your computer at the largest size possible for your printer.
  3. Find an historic property in Delaware County.
  4. Stand in front of the building or monument and hold the poppy print so that you, the print and the monument are all in view.
  5. Take a second photo of the building or monument by itself.
  6. Complete the information on the form below and upload your photos.
  7. Check back on this website frequently until you view your photo on our “Send in your Pics” page.

Larry Smalley Art Records and Pays Tribute to War Heros of Lansdowne, Delaware County


Larry Smalley, a former Police Officer, American Legion Officer and “Artist about Town” displayed his latest artwork at the Media Arts and Crafts Festival on Sunday, June 11. Larry’s efforts in oil earned him a first prize ribbon in the Oil and Acrylic category.

For years now, this homegrown and trained painter, who works in an “American regional” style has captured his hometown theatre (Lansdowne) and buildings, landscapes and people throughout Delaware nd Chester Counties in his own distinctive way.

Larry is not a stranger to success, and is the real article in all he does, from his career as a patrolman with the Lansdowne Police Department, his service in the military, and  his duties as commander of  Lansdowne American Legion Post 65.

His latest artistic creation depicts the World War One Monument that honors Lansdowne High School students and Lansdowne residents who died while serving in the military during World War I. On left side he gives homage to those who lost their lives, while the right hand side depicts current Legion members honoring them at a Memorial Day celebration.

The granite Beaux-Arts style monument, designed by Lansdowne resident Clarence Brazer, was constructed in 1921 and restored in 1998 by those who believe the ultimate sacrifice of these people and their families should never be forgotten.

The large shields on the monument are those of the allied forces. The smaller insignias represent the branches of the United States military. The eagles represent the United States and its role in securing peace around the globe.

Lt. Albert Clinton Wunderlich, U.S. Army, the first of these soldiers to die, fell at the Battle of Montfaucon.

In Remembrance of Memorial Day - The Meuse-Argonne Offensive

In remembrance of World War One, Destination Delco and the World War One Delco Centennial Committee are sharing this powerful film designed for the visitor center at Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery. This film presents visitors with an immersive, World War I experience. Scenes include the realities of trench warfare, the brutality of hand-to-hand combat, the effects of poison gas, the limited availability of medical care, and the celebration of the Armistice. The film blends historic footage against this portrayal of the battlefield experience.

Poppies Blooming at Chanticleer

Poppies are blooming early at Chanticleer, most likely from seeds that reseed themselves each year. The Chanticleer Pleasure Garden is one of the great gardens of the region and located in Wayne in Delaware Garden. Once the Rosengarten estate, today's Chanticleer is a colorful, contemporary garden within an historic setting. Come discover why London's Financial Times calls us "planted to perfection" and Garden Design magazine says we are "America's most inspiring garden."  For directions and more information,  click here to visit chanticleergarden.org.

Sharing Memories of our WW1 Heroes – from New Zealand to Delaware County

Kathy Pelczarski, Delaware County Master Gardener, has been sharing some of the stories of Delco’s World War I Remembrance and the Flanders Poppy Program with an old college friend, Anne Boren, who now lives in New Zealand.  Anne respionded that there are Flanders poppies everywhere in New Zealand right now for ANZAC Day in commemoration of those that served and died during WWI.  Specifically, ANZAC Day (April 25) which commemorates when ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) landed at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I.

Inspired by the shared stories and the symbolism of the Flanders Poppies, Anne is in the process of creating matching quilted wall hangings for Kathy and herself. One will remain in New Zealand; the other will become Kathy's and reside in Delaware County.

The Thunderbird Lodge Commemorates World War One in Delco

In 1904, famed local architect Will Price converted an existing circa-1790 stone barn into studios for the artists Charles H. and Alice Barber Stephens. Appended to this, he designed a rambling fieldstone-and-stucco house, including a 3-story octagonal stair tower that joined the wings and served all five levels.

Price, a founder of Rose Valley, attempted to create a community of artists and artisans working side by side under the principles of the Arts and Crafts Movement. These included truth in the use of materials, traditional craftsmanship using simple forms, and often medieval, romantic or folk styles of decoration.

Ryan Berley, Curator of the Thunderbird Lodge.
Visitors to the April 30th event on World War One illustrative art
Though the Utopian community in Rose Valley ultimately failed, a great many noted artists, craftsman and activist were drawn to the area and spent time at Thunderbird lodge including George Washington Carver, Jane Addams and Martin Luther King, Jr. The Thunderbird Lodge, along with most of the structures in the Rose Valley Community, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, but for sometime had been left idle. In 2015 The Rose Valley Centennial Foundation partnered with the Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society and other Rose Valley organizations to preserve the building and create a center for the study of the local Arts and Crafts heritage.

This past Sunday, April 30, curator Ryan Berley and Historical Society President Morris Potter opened the museum to the public for a lecture by famed art historian and author James C. Thompson on “World War I in the Golden Age of Illustration.” The lecture included a power point of the different types of illustrative art created during the Great War, as well as a viewing posters and illustrations owned by Mr. Thompson, Berley and George Rothacker.

Original artwork from World War I portfolio
of sketches for the military newspaper
“Stars and Stripes” Courtesy of Ryan Berley
The lecture concluded with a Q & A, and refreshments provided by Franklin Fountain in Philadelphia which included World War One Doughnut and Cream ice cream.

The Thunderbird Lodge will be one of the stops on the September tours organized by the World War One Delco Centennial Committee in late September.

James C. Thompson, discusses art of the World War One Era  


April 29th Meeting of the World War I Delco Centennial Committee

The World War One Delco Centennial Committee poses with original World War One posters to be exhibited the following day at the Thunderbird Lodge in Rose Valley. (See previous story for event,)
On April 29th, the Committee met at Alumni Hall on the campus of the Williamson College of the Trades. Discussions centered around the joint Poppy Gardens planned by Williamson and Elwyn that will line both sides of Route 352 on their properties.

Drew Nugent
Plans of the September Tours and Dance were outlined, with Destination Delco Executive Director volunteering funding for the deposit for Drew Nugent and the Midnight Society for the September 23rd World War One Dance at the Brookhaven Community Center.

Drew Nugent is a local musician who specializes in early jazz music, much of it from the days of the World War One era. He recently released his debut solo record,“I'll Never Be the Same.”

The Tapestry Historic Dance Ensemble will be assisting in teaching basic dance steps to some of the WWI era music provided at the event.

Wall in the Borough of Media Celebrates those who served in World War One

On June 3, 1950, the hundredth anniversary of the Borough, a wall was installed next to the old Borough Hall at State and Jackson Streets in Media, celebrating the men and women from the borough who served in the Armed Forces during World War I and World War II.

The Memorial Wall was constructed by the Media Rotary Club and the Williamson Trade School (now the Williamson College of the Trades). The left and right panels were reserved for those serving in the Great War, and the center to the men and women serving in World War II. In 1992 the wall received an additional plaque honoring those who served in Korea, Vietnam and the first Iraq War.

Close up of World War 1 plaques on Media's Memorial Wall

The DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) Embrace Delco's Poppy Program

Table setting at Essington’s Corinthian Yacht Club features
Poppy pins, seed packets and growing instructions.
The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Delaware County and nearby areas have embraced the Destination Delco Poppy Program and featured it at their recent meeting at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Essington.

As stated by Susan Mescanti, Commemorative Events Chairman, “We would love to be included among those groups and individuals participating in the World War I Commemorative Events.”

The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.

Most of DAR’s volunteer work is accomplished by the grassroots efforts of chapters on the local level which focus on the mission areas of DAR by encouraging members to become involved in these initiatives in their local communities.

Pictured are the four Chapter Regents with the poster and the table set-up.  The Chapters represented were Delaware County, Flag House, Lansdowne, and Robert-Morris Quaker City.

Poppy Distribution at Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College

Masters Gardeners Deb Soutar and Director Linda Barry will be providing Poppy Seed Packets and growing information at three upcoming events at Scott Arboretum.

Saturday, April 29th: Arbor Day Open House, 9 AM-Noon, Wister Center, Scott Arboretum

Saturday, May 6th: Scott Members Plant Exchange, 10 AM-11:30 AM, Wister Center, Scott Arboretum

Friday, May 12th: 5:30 - 7:30 PM and Saturday, May 13th: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Scott Selections Spring Sale, Wister Center, Scott Arboretum

If you haven’t yet received your FREE seed packets, these events provide a wonderful opportunity to pick up packets and discuss growing with the Master Gardeners of the Penn State Extension.

Destination Delco and Delaware County Council are looking forward to having Poppy Gardens in fields, back yards, front yards, planters and visible spots within the entire County.  Be part of it, then share photos of your garden by uploading them to this website (upload capabilility will be available by May 13)

April 8th Events Benchmark for World War 1 Remembrance in Delaware County

Inaugural Ceremony
Tore Fiore welcoming all to the Inaugural Event of the World War One Delco Commeration Committee at the Honorable John v. Diggs Courtroom #1 at the Delaware County Courthouse
The day began at Saturday at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom #1, fittingly named after World War I veteran, the Honorable John V. Diggins, where the World War One in Delco Centennial  Committee was to be publicly recognized for their contribution to the County.

American Legion members Harry Seth and Don Rose
Colors were posted (flags put in place) by Harry Seth and Don Rose of the Brookhaven American Legion Post #94, accompanied by the Knights of Columbus from several communities, in full dress.   Kelly Briggs, a frequent leading performer at the Media Theater, sang the National Anthem..

The invocation was given by Pastor Ben Granier of the Full Gospel Assembly of Brookhaven, after which Destination Delco's Executive Director gave introductions including Judy Reese’s service dog
“Shakepeare,” a Bouvier des Flanders, who represented the World War One dogs who brought supplies to the troops and pulled carts with wounded soldier from the fields to safety during the Great War.

Judy Reese’s service dog “Shakespeare” and Tore Fiore
Founders of the Committee, Barbara and Anthony Selletti were introduced and spoke of the Committee’s mission, “ to honor and remember all of those men and women who gave their time and their lives in the conflict that began in our country and our county 100 years ago on April 6, 1917. Barbara Selletti went on to tell the stories of the men and women who served on the home front, “Meatless Mondays” and “Wheatless  Wednesdays,”  “Victory Gardens.,” the significant role of the Knights of Columbus, and countless other  civilian sacrifices so that our troops would be well-fed. She went on to tell of the nurses who took care of the wounded and dying on the front lines,  the young women transported to France to assist as ambulance drivers, and the girls who gave their lives overseas during the conflict. (Click here for the complete text of her speech.)
Anthony and Barbara Selletti

Kelly Briggs, who has appeared on Broadway in “Les
Miserables” and “CATS” and also toured with both productions, provided an a cappella interlude of World War One era songs including “Over There” and “It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary”. His performance was followed by remarks about the commemoration and the committee by County Council Chairman Mario J. Civera, Jr.

Kelly Briggs
Council member John McBain then read the Resolution given by Council on March 29th to the Selletti’s and their Committee.

Lieutenant-Colonel Michael Rounds, P.E , president of the Williamson College of the Trades recited a moving rendition of Flanders Fields, a poem written by another Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrea of the Canadian army in 1915 after the death of a friend in Belgium. The poem became an anthem for all of the allied troops and recruiters for service during the War.

Flag Folding Ceremony with flag folded
Committee Member and Marketing Specialist George Rothacker then spoke of the Delco Poppy Program, and of Destination Delco’s  mission to “Paint Delco ‘RED’ with poppies this summer with poppies. “ We are hoping that homes, businesses and institutions plant poppy gardens to show Delco as ‘one community’ dedicated to a common goal of commemorating ALL of the men and women who sacrificed during the Great War.’

Veronica Garubbo
Veronica  Garrubbo, a local teen who has performed at the Media Theatre in the Broadway Series Productions of “13 the Musical,” Aladdin, Jr.,” and  “Snow White,” and is currently featured in “West Side Story” as Clarita, treated everyone to a beautiful rendition of “God Bless America.”

The event inside the Courthouse concluded with a Benediction by Pastor Granier, only to be followed
up by a “Flag Folding Ceremony” on the Courthouse steps orchestrated by the Knights of Columbus.
Flag being rotated by members of the community and the Knights of Columbus.