Devastated by the recent tragedy at the R.M. Palmer Factory and overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, West Reading Borough will host a community event in conjunction with the City of Reading to honor the victims and those impacted, directly or indirectly, by last Friday’s tragic event.
”As such, I and Council President Ryan Lineaweaver, alongside City of Reading leadership, invite the community to attend a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims. This event will take place on Friday, March 31, at 7:30 pm, at the West Reading Fire Department, located at 223 Playground Drive in West Reading and footbridge leading into the City of Reading. We will be accompanied by local religious leaders and speak to the importance of unity and community support in tragic times like this” said Mayor Samantha Kaag.
“Many have since reached out to us both, either suggesting or requesting an opportunity to come together in the victims’ honor,” said Mayor Eddie Moran. “In the wake of this heartbreaking event, this is needed. As I often say, we are each other’s neighbors, and as a community, we need to mourn, honor, and support one another.”
“The focus of this vigil is the healing process of the families, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and community,” added Ryan Lineaweaver, West Reading Borough Council President. “This will be for our extended community to grieve together as one.”
All members of the community are invited to join in this solemn event to show support for those affected by this tragedy and remind one another that we are stronger when we come together.
A memorial area on the West Reading side of the walking bridge will honor the victims and will be available for those who want to bring flowers, pictures, or other mementos.