Harford County Government will be closed Thursday, November 11, 2010 in observance of Veterans Day. County Government will re-open for normal business on Friday, November 12, 2010.
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If the government wants to keep taking our taxes I suggest they work like the rest of us are forced to do.
Businesses can’t stop for Columbus Day, Presidents Day, we have to keep working to pay the taxes they continue to extort.
Veterans Day is a day for rememberance, not a reason for celebration.
vietnam vet says
Thank you John.lest we for get. it is a day to remember those who have passed.
Bull Moose says
Actually, Veterans Day is to honor veterans living and deceased. Memorial Day honors those who gave their lives in defense of our nation. Sadly, too many people do not understand the distiction.
I think it is perfectly appropriate that government offices be closed in solemn observance and rememberance (John – Who said anything about celebrating?).
Vietnam Vet, I thank you for your service. You and all other veterans are forever in our debt.
OH my says
I thank God Every Day for the Veterans as well as those serving today, Even if you don’t support the wars, Please support those who have & serving today. Blessings to you Vietnam Vet
Unfortunately, the term “veteran” is generally mis-applied. My understanding of a veteran is one who has completed a full career in the armed forces. Having served in the forces myself for seven years, and experienced combat, I still don’t consider myself a veteran.
I do, indeed, support those who serve, but I may sometimes disagree with the politics that puts them in harm’s way.
The United Kingdom, which lost 1% of their population during WW2 do not make this a holiday; they recognize it by having 2 minutes silence for rememberance at 11:00 am on the 11th. The United States, which lost .03% of their population in the same war, deem it necessary for the goverment (and the banking industry) to take a whole day off.
Those of us who work, generate revenue, and get taxed don’t enjoy the comfort of taking a day off; we have to keep working to feed the ever demanding government, which, for 4 days a year (MemorialDay, President’s Day, Labor Day and Rememberance Day) still gets paid at our expense.
I doubt if the poor grunts in Aghanistan were told they didn’t need to fight today.
Another belair Rob says
Yes the government is closed but the schools are open. What kind of exampable is that for kids they don’t respect the people that are responsible for all of their rights and freedoms.
Actually, the definition in federal law is that a veteran is any memeber who served in any branch, for any length of time.
That being said, I only served 4 years and was lucky enough to never see combat and to spend all my post-training time at APG. Out of deference to those who had a more demanding experience, whether it be combat or a military career, I don’t participate in the recognition ceremonies that happen on Veterans’ Day. That doesn’t mean, however that I don’t recognize that I put my life on hold for four years to serve the time I felt was my duty.
Thank you to everyone who continues to serve today, whether you’re in your first term of service or you’ve re-upped.