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Memorial Day Events
Monday, May 29, 2023

RMWHS asks the public to share their favorite photo of any of the events below. We love seeing our community through your eyes.

We also remind you to be respectful of others in attendance whenever taking photos at any memorial event -- many are moved to tears and hold a great pride and vast loss in their hearts.

Thank you.

Send your name and photo to:

Image courtesy of the
General John A. Logan Museum

"Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan."

- General J. A. Logan

10 a.m. - Wissahickon Memorial


Rochelle Ave behind Wissahickon Train Station

  • Call to Colors 

  • Pledge of Allegiance 

  • Invocation

  • Remarks 

  • Placement of wreath 

  • Rifle Salute 

  • Taps 

  • Benediction

12 p.m. - Leverington Cemetery


Lyceum & Ridge Avenues

  • Pledge of Allegiance 

  • Special Dedication of Revolutionary War Flag 

  • Wreath placement 

  • Rifle Salute 

  • Taps 

  • Closing Remarks 

1 p.m. - Gorgas Park War Memorial


6300 Ridge Avenue (between Hermitage & Fountain Streets)

  • National Anthem - The Roxborough Male Chorus

  • Pledge of Allegiance - Bruce Hoffman 

  • Invocation 

  • Remarks 

  • Placement of Wreath 

  • Rifle Salute 

  • Taps 

  • Benediction 

  • God Bless America - The Roxborough Male Chorus 

2 p.m. - Henry Houston American Legion Post #3


Ridge Ave & Delmar Street

  • Rifle salute honoring deceased veterans and members

Memorials of the 21st Ward

RMWHS has launched a new web section --  Memorials of the 21st Ward -- which provides a listing of the 8 memorials within our area and includes a photo gallery of each.


Each memorial page will be expanded in the months and years to come as images and newspapers clippings (both new and historic) are added.  ​If you would like to contribute an image or information for any of the memorials, please contact us. Also, if we have missed a public memorial within the Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon area, please let us know. 

Each of the memorials is open to the public  and all visitors (including service animals) are welcome.


We remind all visitors to be respectful not only to the memorial and grounds, but of the others who may be there remembering loved ones lost, for whom these special places were created to honor.

Explore the Memorials of the 21st Ward.

RMWHS thanks all who have served.

RMWHS Note Cards

To share a bit of local history and raise funds to help support our preservation and outreach activities, RMWHS is offer a set of 8 note cards for $10.  The back of each card features facts or info about the photo or its significance.

Each note card set contains 8 envelopes and 2 copies of each of the following 4 images:

  • American Stores Co on Green Lane

  • Empress Theater on Main Street

  • Historic Staircase Between Rox & Mynk

  • Henry Avenue Bridge & Wissahickon Creek

Each note card is approximately 4.25 x 5.5 inches, was printed on a high quality not card stock to ensure a clear image, and is blank inside.

If you are interested in getting note cards, look for the RMWHS tent at the next community event or send us an email if you don't want to wait to get them -- we'll let you know were you can pick them up!

Shawmont Station Renovations Have Begun


After what felt like a dreadfully long wait to many locals concerned with the state of Shawmont Train Station, the structural rehabilitation of historic landmark began on January 18, 2023.  

SEPTA and Contractor Donald E. Resinger anticipate the completion date for the work to be sometime in July 2023 (obviously barring any unforeseen issues in the renovation, severe weather issues, etc.). The scope of the work includes replacement of joists, roofing, decks, windows, doors, and more in order to shore up the structure.


Photo by Leonard Gryn

Photo by Georgie Gould

Work is being done Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.; however, because the structure is extremely close to active railroad tracks, working at night will be required on occasion to ensure safety.

When the structural improvement work is done, and the building is sound, it will still not be ready for occupation/use.  At that time a tenant will be sought to occupy the station. Whoever wins the bid process to occupy the spot will be responsible for completing any additional work they require to have it meet their organization/business needs. 


Other "retired" stations in the Philadelphia area have become coffee shops, cafes, used bookstores, offices, etc.  The new tenant will be responsible for ongoing upkeep.

Photo by Georgie Gould

Rehab Progress to be Posted on


Our the new Shawmont Station profile in Local Landmarks (see announcement on new web section below) provides:

  • photos of the progress

  • an image gallery of the station past & present

  • newspaper clippings and articles

  • a historic timeline by John Johnstone, Historian

If you have news clippings, photos, or documents you think should be added to the profile, please contact us.


John Johnstone, Historian &

Shawmont Station Advocate

​​​Visitor Warnings: If you decide to stop by and see the progress in person, you are urged to do so with great caution.

  • No admittance to the property is allowed.

  • There is no parking at the station -- park on Shawmont Ave, take your valuables, lock your car, and watch your step.

  • Stay alert -- this is the realm of cyclists and they can appear suddenly and silently.

  • Stay off tracks -- trains run regularly and they come through quickly.

Take a Peek Inside the Station...

NBC ran a story that takes you inside for a glimpse at the building and gives you a taste of the history.

If you have photos or video of Shawmont Station past, present, or while work is in progress, share them with RMWHS.


We'd be delighted to see them! 

Local Landmarks

RMWHS has launched a new web section --  Local Landmarks. This section provide a profile on significant buildings and sites within our neighborhoods that will include a history, photo gallery, and more.

Currently we have only 3 online but more will be added as volunteers step forward to help. If you would like to contribute photos, newspaper clippings, or help research/write the history of a local landmark, please contact us.

Some of the landmarks are open to the public to visit. However, there are a few that are privately owned. Please be respectful of our neighbors, their property, and the special places in our community,

Explore Local Landmarks

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