9/11 Garden of Reflection Remembrance Ceremony Still On Despite Coronavirus

Crowd gathers at the Garden of Reflection
A Garden of Reflection Vigil in 2017.

Friday marks the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

2,977 Americans lost their lives, including 18 from Bucks County, when Al-Qaeda hijackers flew two commercial airliners into the World Trade Center and a third into the Pentagon. Another still crash landed in a field in Somerset County when passengers fought to retake control.

Despite the coronavirus, the Garden of Reflection in Yardley Borough is hosting its annual Remembrance Ceremony Friday evening.

A “drive through” procession begins at 7:00 p.m. in Memorial Park. Those who attend will be able to listen to pre-recorded speeches on their radios.

There will be a live stream of the procession online at the Lower Makefield Township Facebook page.

The fountain at the Garden of Reflection after being restored. Photo via Lower Makefield Township.

People can also walk through the Garden of Reflection earlier in the day to pay their respects. Visitors must wear masks and practice social distancing. On Friday, they must clear out by 5:00 p.m. for the Remembrance Ceremony.

Vandals hit the Garden of Reflection earlier this week when they dumped soap into the fountains. Organizers say the fountains are now clean and will continue running through Sept. 21.

The Garden is located at 1950 Woodside Road in Yardley. Anyone who would like to contribute can visit https://www.9-11memorialgarden.org/.