From the Harford County Historical Society:
An independent committee made up of Historical Society, town and county volunteers is organizing a special two day celebration of Harford Veterans to be held on Thursday, November 10 and Friday, November 11, 2011 at the Bel Air Reckord Armory, 37-41 N. Main Street, Bel Air, Md.
Exhibits will be on display for the public at the Armory both days. They will include ten, 8’ x 10’ sections featuring uniforms, maps, memorabilia, photographs and ephemera related to Harford County’s role in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the War on Terror, as well as well as a section on the National Guard and it role in Harford County.
Thursday, November 10, 2011 program will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., featuring a wine & cheese reception, military music presented by Duke Thompson, MD Conservatory of Music and war memorial exhibits
Friday, November 11, 2011 program will begin at 10 a.m. with a parade from Pennsylvania Avenue to the Armory, including a military band and Color Guard from numerous reenactment groups, the National Guard and other military representatives to be followed by an official ceremony and rededication of the Armory to include a performance of the National Anthem, a reading of In Flanders Field and several guest speakers. At noon there will be a luncheon at the Armory including guest speakers who will describe Harford’s role in America’s conflicts since the 1700’s. (Speakers list is pending).
Tickets for the luncheon and speaker must be ordered in advance and are available at the Historical Society (143 N. Main St, Bel Air) or at www.celebratingharfordveterans.org/. This event will be limited to 200 people. Please check the website or call Maryanna Skowronski at 410-838-7691 for more information or reservations. A rededication ceremony will follow at 2 p.m featuring a special Masonic Lodge ceremony and exhibits will be reopened to the general public.
Sponsors and donors are needed to offset costs. Donations may be sent to Celebrate Harford’s Veterans c/o the Historical Society of Harford County, Inc. 143 N. Main St., Bel Air, MD 21014.
The website (www.celebratingharfordveterans.org/) features photographs and biographical information about local veterans and updated information as it becomes available
The Committee is seeking partnerships with military groups, reenactors, area schools, National Guard and other interested individuals to assist with exhibits and ceremonies. Please call if you are able to volunteer to help in any way.