From Harford County Councilman “Capt’n” Jim McMahan and Bel Air Commissioner Susan Burdette:
REMEMBER TO VOTE
For most last Saturday was like every other Saturday. For about 100 people, they had an appointment for a Memorial Service at Ames United Methodist Church on the Baltimore Pike in Bel Air. The service caught my attention because as a former military veteran, I saw the words “Medal of Honor Recipient”. That is such a high honor; there was no way I could miss this occasion. Turned out it was a service long overdue. Who was SGT Alfred B Hilton? I did not even know that there was a park named after him in Harford County. American Legion Post 55 in Bel Air organized the service. SGT Alfred B. Hilton was a Civil War Hero. What was even more prophetic was that he was a black soldier that received the Nation’s Highest Military Honor in a war caused by the great split between the races. As I sat and listened to the speeches, it became more and more apparent, this had to have been a man among men. Outstanding, especially for the times. MG Crawford talked about soldiers, the human side of any army. Councilman Beulah and I presented proclamations from the County Council and tried to muster the words that fit the occasion. Then it was States Attorney Joe Cassilly’s turn and from his own Hero’s platform, quietly read the Gettysburg address. The room was still. There was no great ovation but to some the deep meaning of what he had just read brought misty eyes to many in the crowd. Now it was truly apparent why we were here. We sat in silence. The aura of a true hero was all about the sanctuary. A member of the congregation sang “America the Beautiful” and for a few short minutes it surely was.
Friday, November 11, 2016
Fly the American Flag at Full-Staff
On Veterans Day we honor all people who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans Day should not be confused with Memorial Day. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died while serving our country. VETERANS DAY IS TO HONOR ALL WHO HAVE SERVED.
WREATHS FOR VETS
The time is now to make your donation to buy a wreath to be placed on a Veteran’s grave in Bel Air Memorial Gardens. Dick Gebhard of American Legion Post 39 is the coordinator of this years “Wreaths Across America” tribute. If you want to purchase a wreath for volunteers to place on a Veteran’s grave in Bel Air call Mr Gebhard now at
NOV 10 BOOK TALK – at the LIRIODENDRON – All age books for Christmas giving. Luncheon and a review on new publications by the Harford County Public Library Staff. $35.00 Everyone raved about the Booktalk last June so don’t miss this Fall event. Call Leslie at 410 879 4424 for reservations.
NOV 10 FOR HARFORD COUNTY GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE VETERANS breakfast. County office Building 212 S Main Street – First Floor… 0830 to 0930. To honor the service of the veterans who are now employed by Harford County Government.
NOV 26 SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY. Join your neighbors for Christmas Shopping and supporting your small businesses along Main Street at the same time. Our small shops have many unique gifts for holiday giving.
NOV 26-27 CCA FESTIVAL OF TREES Sponsored by the
Chesapeake Cancer Alliance two days of decorated trees. Gingerbread houses wreaths and gifts. Adults $7 Children 12 and under free. Bel Air Armory, Main Street Bel Air
DEC 2 -3-4 GREENS SHOW AND DECORATOR HOUSE: The Liriodendron Mansion – 502 West Gordon Street Bel Air will be adorned in her festive attire as this 19th Century Palladian Style home of Dr. and Mrs. Howard Kelly is decorated to the “nines”. Fresh Green arrangements for sale. “Kissing Krystal” ornaments and Mistletoe Balls for sale also. The house is full of Poinsettia. Music from local singers on Sunday, refreshments and Gallery Art highlight this kick off of the Holiday Season. Check the Web-site for hours. LIRIOBELAIR.com Suggested donation Adults $5 at the door.
DEC 4 – THE 27TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING in Bel Air. Main Street Concert at 2:30. Parade begins at 3:30 and Community bon fire with Tree Lighting, Cookies and Hot Chocolate in Shamrock Park behind Town Hall on Hickory Ave Bel Air
DEC 17 MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR VETERANS Prior to placing wreaths on 500 Veteran’s graves at Bel Air Memorial Gardens American Legion Post 39 will lead a memorial service in front of Bel Air Town Hall as a Holiday remembrance for our Veterans. Following the service volunteers will proceed to Bel Air Memorial Gardens where wreaths will be placed on all 500 Veteran’s graves.
It’s time to start thinking CHRISTMAS! If you are interested in applying to participate in the 2016 Town of Bel Air Christmas Parade on Sunday, December 4, 2016, please visit this Town web site to download the 2016 APPLICATION and RULES, at: http://md-belair.civicplus.com/226/Christmas-Parade