Unity week continues to show religious and ethnic diversity in Bensalem. On Wednesday, the public was invited to a Buddhist temple on knights Road to celebrate Bensalem culture and remember Dr. Martin Luther King. Mayor Joe DiGirolamo opened up the ceremony with words about diversity and unity.

“We are learning about denominations and people. This is Bensalem,” DiGiralamo said. “We are a mix of people. And I am proud to be part of that.”

The temple then started the memorial to Dr. King. First candles were lit by Fred Harran and Mayor DiGirolamo. Resident monks followed with a chanted that is said in Buddhist culture to remember peoples’ ancestors.

Angelo Simon orates at the Buddhist temple.

Building a Better Bensalem Together, also know as B3T, held an essay contest among middle school students with “Unity” being the theme. Angelo Simon won a top ten spot in the contest and read his essay about unity to the whole crowd.

“I believe as a Bensalem citizen we should all act together as one. Help each other when we see someone down. Just asking how someone’s day is and sitting next to them at lunch can make the biggest impact in the world. This is what unity means to me.”

Unity week continues Thursday at Philadelphia Christian center, the Bensalem A.M.E church, and the congregation Tiferith Israel synagogue

WBCB’s Manny Jones contributed to this post.