Delco is Painting the County “Red” with Poppies -- and we want you to join us! 
Every resident, business, garden and park in Delaware County is invited to join local historians, veterans, the Tourism Bureau and Delaware County Council in this special Poppy Planting to commemorate the Centennial of World War I.

BUT FIRST: There are 4 WW1 Anniversary Events this month:

JOIN US APRIL 8th - 9AM - in Court Room 1 of the Media Courthouse for Official Ceremonies Launching Delco's 2017 WW1 Remembrance Program

"In Flanders Fields" is a war poem in the form of a rondeau, written during WW1 by
Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. He was inspired to write it after presiding
over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier, Alexis Helmer. Its references to the red poppies
that grew over the graves of fallen soldiers resulted in it becoming one of the world's most
recognized memorial symbols for soldiers who have died in conflict.
A member of Delaware County Council will read a Proclamation of Remembrance honoring the local men and women who served and sacrificed during WW1. In addition to moving ceremonies, the event will recognize the outstanding efforts of the World War One Delco Centennial Committee, led by Barbara and Anthony Selletti.
  
All Attendees will get free Poppy Seed Packets for planting commemorative gardens of their own - plus a sign for showcasing the seed packet in your garden!


APRIL 8TH PROGRAM:

  •  Post Colors - Vietnam Veterans Chapter 67
  •  “The National Anthem” by vocalist Kelly Briggs
  • Invocation by Pastor Ben Granier of the Full Gospel Assembly of Brookhaven
  • Retire Colors -  Opening Remarks and Introduction by Tore Fiore - Executive Director of the  Destination Delco Tourism Bureau
  • Barbara & Anthony Selletti - speak about the mission, the events planned, and the war efforts of Delco WW1 patriots.
  • County Council - Opening remarks and reading and presentation of the Resolution  
  • George Rothacker - speaks about the Poppy Program and events surrounding the program
  • Colonel Michael Rounds of Williamson College of the Trades reads the famous poem “Flanders Field”
  • “God Bless America” performed by vocalist provided by the Media Theatre
  • Benediction by Pastor Ben Granier 
  • Destination Delco is not only giving away
    free seed packs, but also a free Garden Stake
    and Sign to put next to your Poppy Garden...
  • Folding of 20' x 30' American flag outside the Courthouse following the Ceremony

More April Events: 
  • April 8th is a FREE premier of the documentary “Memories of the Great War” produced by Barbara and Anthony Selletti at the Vinyl Revival Screening Room of the historic Lansdowne Theater.  There are two public showings at 12:45 p.m. and 1:45 p.m.
  • Also on April 8th is a ceremony at the Chester Rural Cemetery honoring those who died in the Eddystone Munitions disaster of 1917. In this cemetery you will also find the grave stone of Charles Blithe (pictured below), killed while serving in France during World War I. 

  • APRIL 20th through MAY 25th:  This is the ideal time to plant your Red Poppy Gardens! Get your free seeds at the Tourism Bureau office in Rose Tree Park or at dozens of other locations listed on the website. You can also get a FREE SEED PACKET SIGN POST to put up next to your garden. Call 610-565-3679.
  • April 30th, at 2:00 p.m. --  the new Rose Valley Museum at the Thunderbird Lodge will be hosting a lecture on World War One in the Golden Age of Illustration.
Read about Delco's participation in WW1 plus upcoming historic site tours, driving tours, film screenings, lectures,  and poppy plantings, at the website below:

  
WEBSITE ARTICLES INCLUDE:

 Shakespeare (above) is 16 months old and still growing.  He is a member of 
Delco resident, Judy Reese's family and is pictured with a cart, reminiscent of how
his ancestors pulled medical and supply carts to soldiers on the battlefield in WW1.
  • Poppy Plantings all over Delco
  • Planting Instructions
  • Feature Stories on Delco's local connections and impact on WW1
  • Plus don't miss the story on the role of Military Dogs in WW1 - including a profile on Sgt. Stubby...an American dog who became the most decorated canine soldier in the war!
  • And learn more about Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Delaware County...their support, expertise and enthusiasm has been invaluable in developing our County-wide Poppy Planting program.