Kennett Square set to honor fallen heroes in November

KENNETT SQUARE — Men and women of service, valiant in their courage, shall be remembered in Kennett Square in the days and weeks ahead this November.

“Kennett Square is an exceptional community and it’s wonderful that we come together to celebrate and acknowledge events such as these,” said William T. Holdsworth, chief of police. “As always, there are some great things happening this month in Kennett Square.”

Veterans Day is Nov. 11.

Four days later, on Nov. 15, a milestone-tribute event for two fallen heroes is slated to occur at 6 p.m. on East Linden Street.

The borough is holding a memorial service for Kennett Square Police Officers William Davis and Richard Posey. Both men were killed in the line of duty 50 years ago on Nov. 15, 1972.

The event will feature distinguished speakers, family members of the slain, the Pennsylvania State Police Honor Guard and the public unveiling of a memorial plaque.

“The memorial for officers Davis and Posey is an opportunity to pay tribute to them and honor their sacrifice for our community,” said Mayor Matthew Fetick.

The 100 block of East Linden Street between the municipal garage and North Broad Street, will be closed from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Nov. 15.

On Election Day, Kennett Square municipality issued this statement in recognition of Veterans Day: “The borough expresses its appreciation and gratitude to all those who have served and protected our nation.”

And on Election Day, as on all other days, it is priceless to remember those who served.

In fact, later in November, the community of Kennett Square is taking a moment to honor World War I veterans.

Beginning 4 p.m. on Nov. 19, the American Legion Post 491 will host a rededication of the World War I Monument at Mary D. Lang School at Center and Mulberry streets. The ceremony is slated to include a wreath laying and 21-gun salute.

The public is welcome to attend this event, and other events in November celebrating veterans and fallen heroes, including Kennett Square officers Davis and Posey.

The municipality said that residents who hear the 21-gun salute on Nov. 19 should not be alarmed and Center Street, between West Mulberry Street and West Cedar Street, will be closed from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

“On Veterans Day, we thank all those who have served and protected this great country,” Holdsworth said Tuesday.  “Although the most significant event for the police department will be the 50th Anniversary Memorial to honor police officers Richard J. Posey and William W. Davis.

“We are truly looking forward to honor and memorialize our officers on the 50th Anniversary of the tragic date they gave their lives while serving the Borough of Kennett Square.”

And while much has changed in the borough during the last five decades, the legacy of Davis and Posey continues to be remembered.

After Thanksgiving, folks are invited to join the town for holiday festivities at 6:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, for the annual Kennett Square Holiday Light Parade and Tree Lighting.

There will be music and dance troupes, community organizations and an assortment of vehicles festooned with lights to celebrate the official return of the holiday season in the borough.

Noteworthy, the parade is set to take a different route this year. The procession will begin at South Broad and East Cypress streets, head north on State Street and then turn west along State Street to Center Street.

“We are excited to kick off the holiday season with the annual holiday parade,” Fetick said. “This is a fun event where most of the parade participants are residents.

“It’s a great hometown feel and celebration ending with the lighting of the town Christmas tree.”

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