Re­mem­ber­ing those who have served this Vet­er­ans Day

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

Vet­er­ans Day is this Sat­ur­day. For some, it is the rea­son they have off on the Fri­day be­fore. For all, how­ever, it is a time to stop, re­flect and thank those who have sac­ri­ficed so much in the ser­vice of our na­tion.

Dun­dalk is a pa­tri­otic town, full of vet­er­ans, mon­u­ments and mil­i­tary sites that re­flect hun­dreds of years of rich her­itage and his­tory. We are lucky to live in a town that serves as a liv­ing his­tory book. From the vet­er­ans that share their sto­ries to the mon­u­ments hon­or­ing those who have served, we are sur­rounded by re­minders that free­dom is not free. Let us never miss the chance to re­flect on that fact and thank those who have paid that price for us. I would en­cour­age ev­ery­one to read up on our com­mu­nity’s his­tory and of­fer thanks to those who have helped shape it.

In that vein, there are sev­eral events around the re­gion com­mem­o­rat­ing Vet­er­ans Day and hon­or­ing those who have served in the Armed Forces.

Dun­dalk Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 38 will host it’s an­nual re­mem­brance cer­e­mony on Sat­ur­day, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at the memo­rial in Vet­er­ans Park in the Dun­dalk Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter.

Dur­ing the cer­e­mony, mem­bers of the post will un­seal and read vet­eran let­ters un­cov­ered dur­ing the Dun­dalk-Pat­ap­sco Neck His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety’s open­ing of a half-cen­tury old time cap­sule in June.

In ad­di­tion to the Amer­i­can Le­gion cer­e­mony, Wells-McCo­mas VFW Post 2678 will host 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 lunch. For more, email vfwaux2678@gmail.com.

In ob­ser­vance of Vet­er­ans Day, the Dun­dalk Ea­gle has pub­lished a broad­sheet spe­cial Vet­er­ans Day edi- tion, avail­able now on se­lect newsstands and at the Ea­gle of­fice at 4 North Cen­ter Place in the Dun­dalk Vil­lage Shop­ping Cen­ter. The is­sue will also be sent to sub­scribers.

The spe­cial is­sue is full of con­tent specif­i­cally re­lated to vet­er­ans. High­lights in­clude a pro­file of the lo­cal Osprey Com­pos­ite Squadron of the Civil Air Pa­trol, de­tails on Del. Ric Met­z­gar’s an­nual Vet­er­ans Town Hall on Nov. 9, a his­tory of Vet­er­ans Day, a peek at lo­cal vet­er­ans or­ga­ni­za­tions and more.

The is­sue also in­cludes reader-sub­mit­ted tributes to their own loved ones who have served in the mil­i­tary.

For more, pick up a copy of the Vet­er­ans Day spe­cial edi­tion on newsstands, at the Ea­gle of­fice or check your lawn/mail­box this week.

With Hal­loween be­hind us and Thanks­giv­ing right around the cor­ner, it’s time to start think­ing about Christ­mas.

Specif­i­cally, Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions.

If you thought Dun­dalk did Hal­loween right, you haven’t seen any­thing yet.

And as you plan your spec­tac­u­lar hol­i­day light dis­plays, be sure to keep the

Ea­gle in mind. We want to hear from you.

Send us pho­tos of your best-dressed hol­i­day houses. Big or small, wacky or tra­di­tional — we have a spot for you.

Pho­tos will be posted on the Ea­gle web­site and se­lect pho­tos will be pub­lished in up­com­ing is­sues of The Dun­dalk Ea­gle.

Pic­tures can be sub­mit­ted via The Dun­dalk Ea­gle on Face­book or Twit­ter or emailed to nrod­man@ches­pub.com.

Happy dec­o­rat­ing!

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

The Ea­gle’s spe­cial Vet­er­ans Day edi­tion is on newsstands now.

PHO­TOS BY NI­COLE RODMAN

Vet­er­ans and other at­ten­dees saluted the flag at Dun­dalk Amer­i­can Le­gion Post 38’s Vet­er­ans Day cer­e­mony in Vet­er­ans Park in 2015.

Each year, the Dun­dalk Amer­i­can Le­gion ob­serves Vet­er­ans Day with a cer­e­mony at the memo­rial in Vet­er­ans Park.

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