Garden of Reflection in Bucks County marks 9-11 with drive-through memorial service

Written by on September 11, 2020

Garden of Reflection in Bucks County marks 9-11 with drive-through memorial service

By Hayden Mitman

September 11, 2020

Photo | Hayden Mitman / WLVR

It’s been 19 years since the tragic incidents of September 11th, 2001, and, today the Garden of Reflection in Bucks County will host a remembrance ceremony. It’s an annual event, but as WLVR’s Hayden Mitman reports, it will unfold differently this year. 

Seventeen Bucks County residents died in the September 11th attacks, and the Garden of Reflection is dedicated to all who died that day. 

Tonight, in an effort to practice social distancing, Monica Tierney, Director of Parks and Recreation in Lower Makefield, says they’ll welcome visitors with a drive-through memorial experience. 

“We tried to keep it as close as we could to an in-person experience, or what you’d get in person, that we could. We included clergy members, this is a traumatic time, so, we felt that with that and with COVID, we thought people should hear from clergy and the family members to learn about the history. They will have a great experience as they go through,” said Tierney.

For some, the stories of those who lost loved ones may be the most important part of the event. Like Ellen Saracini, whose husband, Victor, was a pilot of one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center. 

“What children learn in a textbook is just, give me the facts man, but that doesn’t give them the emotional component of it. And if you don’t understand that emotional component, you won’t be invested in it,” said Saracini.

Judi Reiss, who lost her 23-year-old son, Josh, in the attacks, said that holding the annual memorial is important, even if it has changed.

“Sure, it will be different, but our lives are different now. But, I’m of the Jewish faith and in the Jewish faith, we take the day someone passes as a day to remember because, after someone passes, as long as you take that moment to remember, they are still with you.”

Visitors to the memorial event tonight will be able to listen to the ceremony on their car radios at 7 p.m.

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