Honor our na­tion’s vet­er­ans with ser­vices around the area

The Dundalk Eagle - - OPINION - By NI­COLE RODMAN nrod­man@ches­pub.com

Here we are, two days past Hal­loween, which means its the Christmas sea­son, right? Who needs that pesky Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day. Time to get shop­ping!

Speak­ing of Hal­loween, I would like to of­fer ku­dos to the Dun­dalk Re­nais­sance Cor­po­ra­tion and all those in­volved with mount­ing this year’s 10th an­nual Dun­dalk Fam­ily Fall Fes­ti­val. At­ten­dance at the event was im­pres­sive, with hun­dreds of cos­tumed kids, adults and an­i­mals en­joy­ing con­tests, trick-or-treat­ing, pump­kin dec­o­rat­ing, scare­crow build­ing and more.

The event went well, a tes­ta­ment to the hard work of the DRC and as an army of lo­cal vol­un­teers ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the com­mu­nity we call home.

Pho­tos of last week­end’s Fall Fest fun ap­pear else­where in this week’s is­sue.

This past week­end, I also had the op­por­tu­nity to see Dun­dalk Com­mu­nity Theatre’s sea­son-open­ing pro­duc­tion of The Bridges of Madi­son County: The Mu­si­cal.

I’ll be honest. I don’t nor­mally do ro­mance, so I didn’t know what to ex­pect go­ing into the play. But, as al­ways, DCT put any fears I may have had to rest.

I have never seen a bad per­for­mance at DCT. From the act­ing to the stage de­sign, ev­ery­thing is al­ways top-notch, and last week­end was no ex­cep­tion.

My full re­view is in this week’s is­sue, but if you get a chance to check out DCT’s lat­est pro­duc­tion, I would rec­om­mend it. You won’t be dis­ap­pointed.

Vet­er­ans Day is right around the cor­ner — a time to re­mem­ber the sac­ri­fice and ser­vice of out mil­i­tary men and women and honor them ac­cord­ingly (though, hon­estly, that should not be re­signed to once a year).

As usual, Dun­dalk Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 38 will hold a re­mem­brance cer­e­mony on Satur­day, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at the memo­rial in Vet­er­ans Park in the Dun­dalk Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter.

What it un­usual, how­ever, is that this year’s cer­e­mony will in­clude the reading of vet­eran let­ters dis­cov­ered when the Dun­dalk-Pat­ap­sco Neck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety opened a 50-year-old time cap­sule back in June.

Held each year on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month —when the Ar­mistice was signed end­ing World War I — the Le­gion’s cer­e­mony is a mov­ing and im­por­tance way to mark an im­por­tant day.

Wells-McCo­mas VFW Post 2678 will also hold Vet­er­ans Day ser­vices at their post home, 6521 North Point Road, on Satur­day, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. A cer­e­mony at the flag­pole and mon­u­ment out­side of the post will be fol­lowed by a light lunch. For more on that, con­tact vfwaux2678@gmail.com.

Also, just in time for Vet­er­ans Day, the Fort Howard Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion has an­nounced that Mary­land His­toric Trust Marker and Mon­u­ment Pro­gram ad­min­is­tra­tor Nancy Kurtz has ap­proved the as­so­ci­a­tion’s re­quest to list the re­cently-re­stored World War I M1906 ar­tillery field guns, now back in their spot at Fort Howard Park, on the Mary­land World War I Mil­i­tary Mon­u­ments In­ven­tory.

The restora­tion project, called “Keep­ing the Prom­ise for An­other 100 Years,” started when the guns were re­lo­cated to the National Guard Ar­mory in Havre de Grace in Novem­ber 2015. The re­stored guns were ded­i­cated dur­ing De­fend­ers Day fes­tiv­i­ties this past Septem­ber.

In­clu­sion of the Fort Howard guns on this list, the as­so­ci­a­tion noted in a press re­lease, “re­al­izes com­pletely the in­ten­tion of the can­non restora­tion ef­fort sym­bol­iz­ing the Amer­i­can peo­ple ‘Keep­ing the Prom­ise’ to honor and care for our vet­er­ans and the newly re­stored can­nons serv­ing as tan­gi­ble sym­bols of our vet­eran’s ser­vice and sac­ri­fice, ready to stand ‘ for An­other Hun­dred Years’.”

The guns are among myr­iad his­tor­i­cal in­stalla- tions and points of in­ter­est at Fort Howard Park. With the Haunted Dun­geons wrapped up for an­other year, the park should soon be re­turn­ing to nor­mal op­er­a­tion. For more on Fort Howard Park,twww.bal­ti­more county md. gov/ Agen­cies/ recre­ation/ pro­gram di­vi­sion/ com­mu­nity/ edge mere spar­rows point/ fort howard. ht ml.

Opin­ions ex­pressed are those of the writer and do not rep­re­sent the opinion of The Dun­dalk Ea­gle or Adams Pub­lish­ing Group.

PHOTO BY WILL FEUER

An honor guard per­formed a three vol­ley salute dur­ing Vet­er­ans Day cer­e­monies in Vet­er­ans Park last year.

PHO­TOS BY NI­COLE RODMAN

Mem­bers of the National Guard unit restor­ing the Fort Howard guns posed for a photo once the guns were safely se­cured for trans­port in Novem­ber 2015.

My son decked out for last Satur­day’s Fall Fest.

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