The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is just around the corner, which means Harford County's residents will join those across the country in commemorations of Veterans Day on Tuesday.

At least one veterans' group is using the military-focused day to highlight the Vietnam War, 50th anniversary of which is being formally observed by the U.S. Department of Defense in 2015.


Aberdeen's VFW Post 10028 is leading the city's annual Nov. 11 ceremony and will emphasize the anniversary of the longwar.

The Vietnam War anniversary is being marked from the beginning of the ground war on March 8, 1965, according to a Department of Defense statement.

Veterans Day, whose origin is traced to the World War I armistice on Nov. 11, 1918, honors all who served in the U.S. armed forces.

Harford County government will be closed Tuesday and Harford Transit will not operate. The county's waste disposal center will also close. Residents should call their trash collectors for the pick-up schedule.

Aberdeen's ceremony will take place at Veterans Memorial Park, at Parke and Rogers streets, and features a guest speaker and wreath-laying ceremony.

In Havre de Grace, another wreath-laying ceremony will also honor veterans from the nation's wars.

That event will be at Millard Tydings Park, also at 11 a.m. Guest speakers include outgoing Harford County Executive David Craig and Mayor Wayne Dougherty.

A reception with light refreshments will follow the ceremony at the Joseph L. Davis American Legion Post 47 in the city.

In Bel Air, American Legion Post 39 is again hosting a service at Bel Air Memorial Gardens at 3 p.m. on Nov. 11.

The event is one of more than 900 locations to also be targeted by the non-profit Wreaths Across America, according to a news release from the organization.

The group is best known for covering Arlington National Cemetery graves with wreaths.

In downtown Bel Air, members of Harford County Detachment 1198 Marine Corps League will raise the flag in front of the county administration building on Main Street at 8 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 10, a day earlier, county spokeswoman Sherrie Johnson said.

County officials will gather at 7:45 a.m. for the brief ceremony, Johnson said.

Harford Community College, which held a military appreciation event for the first time last year, has no such plans this fall, spokeswoman Nancy Dysard said.


In Port Deposit, VFW Post 8185 is inviting the public to its third annual Flag Retirement Ceremony on Nov. 16, at 520 Susquehanna River Road, in honor of Veterans Day.

Veterans from Perry Point VA Medical Center will be on hand for the event, which starts with a complimentary dinner at 4 p.m. and is followed by a flag burning ceremony at dusk, to be handled by Boy Scout Troop 143.

Torn or worn American flags can be dropped off at the post by Nov. 16.