Honor our nation’s veterans with services around the area
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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An honor guard performed a three volley salute during Veterans Day ceremonies in Veterans Park last year.
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.