Tomorrow is the second annual Bucks County Business Connections spaghetti dinner to raise money for the Garden of Reflection in Lower Makefield. The memorial serves to remind visitors of the 2,973 American lives, 18 from Bucks County, lost on September 11, 2001.
Vice President of the BCBC Joe Marrazzo made the meatballs last year and planes to make the same fresh and delicious meal again. He believes the first installment was a huge success.
“We served close to 200 meals, with lots of residents from Lower Makefield,” Marrazzo said. “But we also had a good showing from outside Lower Makefield as well.”
Marrazzo’s company Marrazzo Landscaping donated its time and labor to plant the trees throughout the Garden of Reflection. For him, the garden is more than a collection of grass, trees, and walkways.
“Of course in a nutshell, 17 years ago we all remember where we were on that day,” Marrazzo expressed. “And as you age, I guess you realize how precious our freedom is and it doesn’t come without cost.”
Yardley Mayor Chris Harding also has a special appreciation for the memorial garden, designed by Yardley architect Liuba Lashchyk.
“Everything at the memorial has a reason. Things you would never think of like the number of trees, the contour of the ground,” Harding said. “There’s all reasons behind it when the architect designed the whole place. It’s a great place to go and reflect.”
Lashchyk purposefully laid out the garden to guide visitors from one scene to another on a memorial journey. To keep the Garden of Reflection pristine for generations to come, regular upkeep is required, which like anything demands a price tag.
Spaghetti will be served from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Hall 317 located at 215 South Main Street in Yardley. Tickets for adults are $20 while children ages 5 to 15 are $10. Every dollar raised will go towards the garden.