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.

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In observance of Veterans Day, the Dundalk Eagle has published a broadsheet special Veterans Day edition, 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.

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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.

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