City to honor 9/11 victims
Remembrance ceremony planned for Monday
The city of Newark and the University of Delaware will hold a ceremony Monday to honor those killed in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
The ceremony, which is open to the public, is set for 9 a.m. at Olan Thomas Park, located at the corner of Cleveland Avenue and Paper Mill Road.
Last year, both the city and UD held small memorial ceremonies and this year, the two entities decided to combine forces, city spokeswoman Kelly Bachman said.
Honor guards from the Newark Police Department, UD Police Department, UD Air Force ROTC and UD Army ROTC will participate in the ceremony. Stephen McGuire, a 40-year-old UD student who served in the U.S. Army during the time of the attacks, will speak.
Olan Thomas Park is home to a memorial garden that was dedicated three months after 9/11. The garden includes a plaque and three trees: a sugar maple to represent the victims in New York, an American dogwood to represent the victims in Virginia (the Pentagon) and an eastern hemlock, to represent the victims in Pennsylvania.
The city will also place three American flags in front of city hall to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the attacks.
Monday’s 9/11 remembrance will take place in Olan Thomas Park, which is home to a plaque and trees honoring the victims of the 2001 terrorist attack.