On Veterans Day, Harford schools should be off [Editorial]

There’s a lot of merit to the notion that Veterans Day should become a holiday for Harford County Public Schools.

Two school board members proposed during recent discussions about the school calendar for coming years that Veterans Days be added as a holiday.

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Harford County’s largest institution and largest employer for more than a century, is an Army post. For decades, it was a training center for soldiers who had just completed basic training.

Many veterans have passed through our county, if only for 13 weeks for training. Some stayed longer, others returned after retiring and called Aberdeen and other local communities home.

For another 30-some years, just across the Susquehanna River from Harford County, Bainbridge Naval Training Center was in operation on the cliffs overlooking Port Deposit. Hundreds of thousands of sailors passed through that part of Cecil County.

The point is that there’s a history of a large veterans presence in our region, and even if there wasn’t, it’s always good to acknowledge our veterans.

Holidays are acknowledgements of accomplishments or historical events or individuals that should never be forgotten. Giving people off and closing many operations reinforces why the day is being celebrated and, even if only momentarily, may lead people to reflect on what is being honored.

There’s no greater American cause to be remembered than our nation’s veterans. In recent years, there have become more obvious thank you’s to our veterans, especially in the form the growing practice of people thanking in public veterans they’ve never met for their service.

When it comes to changes, like making Veterans Day a holiday, there are always reasons in Harford County Public Schools about why something can’t be done. But just like a few years ago, when Harford County Public Schools enthusiastically made Gov. Larry Hogan’s order that the school year doesn’t begin until after Labor Day, the school system should rally to make Veterans Day a holiday. While it isn’t easy for large bureaucracies, like a school system, to pivot and change direction, this is another time for it to happen.

It’s the right thing to do


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There’s a lot of merit to the notion that Veterans Day should become a holiday for Harford County Public Schools.

Two school board members proposed during recent discussions about the school calendar for coming years that Veterans Days be added as a holiday.

Aberdeen Proving Ground, Harford County’s largest institution and largest employer for more than a century, is an Army post. For decades, it was a training center for soldiers who had just completed basic training.

Many veterans have passed through our county, if only for 13 weeks for training. Some stayed longer, others returned after retiring and called Aberdeen and other local communities home.

For another 30-some years, just across the Susquehanna River from Harford County, Bainbridge Naval Training Center was in operation on the cliffs overlooking Port Deposit. Hundreds of thousands of sailors passed through that part of Cecil County.

The point is that there’s a history of a large veterans presence in our region, and even if there wasn’t, it’s always good to acknowledge our veterans.

Holidays are acknowledgements of accomplishments or historical events or individuals that should never be forgotten. Giving people off and closing many operations reinforces why the day is being celebrated and, even if only momentarily, may lead people to reflect on what is being honored.

There’s no greater American cause to be remembered than our nation’s veterans. In recent years, there have become more obvious thank yous to our veterans, especially in the form the growing practice of people thanking in public veterans they’ve never met for their service.

When it comes to changes, like making Veterans Day a holiday, there are always reasons in Harford County Public Schools about why something can’t be done. But just like a few years ago, when Harford County Public Schools enthusiastically made Gov. Larry Hogan’s order that the school year doesn’t begin until after Labor Day, the school system should rally to make Veterans Day a holiday. While it isn’t easy for large bureaucracies, like a school system, to pivot and change direction, this is another time for it to happen.

It’s the right thing to do

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