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Area Memorials and Events Lined up to Commemorate Sept. 11
Written by Larry Roeder, Editor

Engine 911, once owned by FDNY firefighter Eric Olsen who died on Sept. 11, 2001, was restored by volunteers from the Milford Township Fire Company and now serves as a moving memorial.  A group of local volunteer firefighters will have the truck on display at three separate memorial services this Sunday in Manhattan.  

        This weekend there will be several area memorial services and events marking the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States. 

        On Sunday, Sept. 11 at St. Philip Neri Church, 1325 Klinerd Road, Pennsburg, a 10-year memorial worship service will be held at 3 p.m.  The memorial is being sponsored by Saint Philip Neri and Saint Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and is expected to be attended by local emergency services personnel, municipal officials and other community organizations.  The Valley Choral Society will perform at the service. 

        Also on Sunday, a 9-11 memorial ceremony will be held at the World Trade Center Steel Memorial at the American Legion Post 184, Route 29 in Palm, beginning at noon.  State Senator Bob Mensch (R-24) and State Representative Marcy Toepel (R-147) will be among the featured speakers. 

        The Engine 911 moving memorial truck, restored by Milford Township volunteer firefighters, will be on display at Tinton Falls, N.J. on Saturday, Sept. 10.  The truck, and a contingent of local volunteer firefighters, will then travel to Manhattan, NY for Ground Zero memorial services and then to Staten Island, N.Y. for a twilight memorial service.

        In Milford Township, at Molasses Creek Park on Krammes Road, a memorial service on Sunday will feature 3,000 luminaries and other displays by area fire companies.  The event is hosted by the Trumbauersville Fire Company with help from the Milford Township Fire Company.

        At the event, which begins at 7 p.m., visitors will be able to walk among the luminaries which will be laid out in a number of different designs for visitors to walk through, including the Twin Towers, Pentagon, the number 93, a Maltese cross with the number 343 inside, and a police badge.  There will also be a reenactment of the firefighters raising the flag at Ground Zero.

        The Quakertown VFW will perform the duties of honor guard and eight display boards will exhibit photos of the 343 Fire Department of New York firefighters who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

        A 9/11 Heroes Run will be held in Harleysville, beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday.  The event is being hosted by Harleysville Insurance Company and will feature a 5K race, kids’ fun run and 9/11 anniversary memorial.  The race will start and finish at the insurance company at 335 Maple Avenue in Harleysville.  The event will feature a pre-race memorial ceremony.

        Jeremy Soles, a former Marine and founder of Team X-T.R.E.M.E., a non-profit support organization working to raise awareness and funds for the nation’s wounded warriors, will be a guest speaker.  Soles will lead the race.
        According the group’s website, in June, Soles became the first person in the world to complete a triathlon while wearing a gas mask.

        For more information on the Harleysville Heroes Run, visit






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