...from Second Meeting of Delaware County's  World War I Remembrance Committee
FRONT ROW (left to right): Harry Smeck, Beverly Barnes- Delaware County Planning Commission, Elizabeth MacGuire – Collingdale Historical Society, Barb Selletti – WWI Centennial Committee, Tony Selletti – PA WWI Centennial Committee, Tore Fiore – Destination Delco, Ryan Berley – Rose Valley Museum & Hist. Society, Judy Reese (& Shakespeare) – Chichester Hist. Society SECOND ROW (left to right): Herberta Kerestus –Eddystone Historic Society, Sharon Martin, Eddystone Historic Society, Claire Wilson, Eddystone Historic Society, Kellie Walters, Eddystone Historic Society, Beth Gross – Eddystone Council, Mark Anderson – Saving Hallowed Ground, Pat Gallagher- Collingdale Historical Society, Bill Lovejoy – DelCo Veterans’ Affairs, Brian Dillon – DelCo Library System, Neal Pizzano – Knights of Columbus # 913,Jack Cruice, Jr - Knights of Columbus CDA #913 Bill Smeck – American Legion, Springfield,Harry Seth – American Legion, Springfield, Helen Litwa – Chester Historical Society, Rich Paul – DelCo Heritage Commission, Doris Vermeychuk – Elwyn-Davidson School BACK ROW right side, left to right) Brad Busch, Unit Commander, Co. L 109th Infantry, 28th Division P.N.G. (re-enactors), Kurt Sellers – American Legion, Springfield, Richard Smalley- American Legion Post #68, (NOT SHOWN) George H. Rothacker, photographer, Rothacker Advertising & Design) Please forgive any errors in placement, name spellings or those missing. Please call to inform George at 610-566-0334.
On Saturday, February 25th, members of several Delaware County organizations met to implement plans for events marking the Centennial of the US involvement in World War 1. Events will begin on Saturday, April 8, 2017 (two days after the official anniversary) with an official ceremony that will include members of VFW posts and color guards, salute to the flag, reading of the poem Flanders Field written by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae and the presentation of  the proclamation by County Council on the steps of the County Courthouse in Media.

Poppy seed packets, growing instruction, and anniversary pins and support will be distributed at this time, officially kicking off the “Paint Delaware County Red” program instituted by the Delaware County Tourist Bureau and County Council in remembrance of all those who served in the Great War from Delaware County. Poppy seeds will also be distributed from Delco libraries, the Tourist Bureau headquarters in Rose Tree Park, and other locations Click here for a current list of locations. Delaware County is hoping to have it's fields and gardens doted with red Flanders” poppies this summer.
Starting of Delco Remembrances is a “World War I and America Reading and Discussion Group” with upcoming meetings at the Haverford Library on Darby Road in Havertown on March 26 and April 23rd at 2:00 pm. The discussions will be moderated by Historian Katie Sibley and  English Professor and Veteran Owen Gilman on various topics concerning the Great War. The Library will also "remember" at ”Memorabilia Night” at 7:00 on Wednesday, April 12 at &:00 pm. Community members and organizations are invited to bring and share their World War I attic finds. Click here for more information.

Memorial at the Chester Rural
Cemetery for victims of
the Eddystone Munitions
Disaster in 1917
Poster to be on display
at the Lansdowne Theater.
Coinciding with the proclamation reading in Media on April 8th, there will be public preview showings of the short film, “Memories of the Great War” at Vinyl Revival adjacent to the historic Lansdowne Theater at 12:45 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. Inside the Lansdowne Theater Lobby will be a replica of a World War 1 Salvation Army Soldiers Aid Station with living historians dressed in authentic reproduction garments. Poppy seed packets will be distributed at the Destination Delco booth for sowing in early May. Authentic Salvation Army Donuts, coffee tea and lemonade will be served until the event’s end at 3 p.m. Click here for more information.

Also on Saturday, April 8th at 2:00 will be a Remembrance Service at the Chester Rural Cemetery for those who died in the explosion at the Eddystone Munitions plant on April 10, 1917 (Click here for the complete story). For information contact Beth Gross 484-432-7806, or

Following up the “remembrances” in April will be a lecture by James C. Thompson on “World War One in the Golden Age of Illustration” to be held at 2:00 on April 30 at the NEW Rose Valley Museum at Thunderbird Lodge.” (Click here for more information.)

Cover of James C. Thompson's book on
American Illustration

For those interested in becoming part of “Remembering the Forgotten Generation in Delco,” please join us at the Aston Community Center on Saturday March 25th 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Click here for instructions of the location of the Community Center.