On the heels of a variety of celebrations commemorating the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks on America, the gathering on Saturday, the following day, in front of Collingdale’s Community Center on MacDade Blvd. had the easy feel of one more 9/11 ceremony.
While the timing might have been coincidental, the event was not quite that intentional.
Officials, residents and businesspeople came out to support the second annual Collingdale History/Patriots Day, sponsored by the two year-old Collingdale History Society.
According to society President Elizabeth MacGuire, the griup’s purpose is to make “our community aware of its historical resources.”
Writing in the official program book, MacGuire highlights borough standouts like Eden Cemetery, the nation’s oldest “final resting place of many famous African-Americans.” She also points out that one of Collingdale’s two fire and ambulance companies turns 100 years-old next year.
In addition to vendors representing local businesses and the athletic association looking to recruit kids, the more than five-hour event featured bike raffles, walking tours and a 9/11 ceremony honoring Ridley Park policeman Marc Hanley, a former Coillingdale fire chief who recently was shot while helping Norwood police arrest a gun-wielding suspect.
The 9/11 ceremony, emceed by Bill Garrity, a 50-year veteran Collingdale firefighter who serves as Aldan’s fire marshal, included a special presentation to Hanley by Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams.