This weekend we celebrate the Veterans who fought and served for our country. Veterans Day is recognized each year on November 11, coinciding with Armistice Day, which itself commemorated the end of fighting between the Allies and Germany in World War I. The armistice took effect in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 — which means this year will mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the war.

Things to do in Honor of Veterans Day:

The 2018 Howard County Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at Merriweather Drive and Little Patuxent Parkway, across from the MedStar building should park in the mall parking lot and congregate on the sidewalk fronting Symphony Woods. Area Scout troops, marching units from the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County will be participating. There will be a review stand at South Entrance Road. The parade will terminate at 10:45 a.m. in the Whole Foods Market parking lot on the lakefront, where a 45- to 60-minute ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

There will be card-making station and vintage vehicle display will be available from noon to 2 p.m. Free coffee, hot chocolate and baked goods will be offered to attendees.Food will also be available for purchase at food trucks. The Columbia Association will distribute flags to children.

Hosted by the Howard County Veterans Foundation, the Veterans Day Parade Committee, the Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families, the Howard County Government and Columbia Association.

With our close proximity to the nation's Capital and our rich history rooted in American tradition, Howard County is an ideal spot to explore the rich past and heritage of Maryland.With so much rich history here, it may seem a little overwhelming to know where to go for all of it! Don't worry, we're here to guide you through the process.

The B&O Railroad Museum in Old Ellicott City is one of the oldest train stations in America. The destination of the first 13 miles of railroad in America, retrace the footsteps of soldiers both blue and grey along two-lane country roads to our 9 sites along Maryland Civil War Trails including Savage MillOakland Manor, and a one-room school built by returning US Colored Troops veterans. 

Places to grab lunch or dinner:

For lunch head on over to Glory Days Grill, and enjoy classic American staples such as the All Star Burger, Hall of Fame Prime Cheeseburger, BBQ Ribs, and more. Wash it down with your favorite American beer, and you have a classic meal fit for any occasion. After head over to Soft Stuff Ice Cream and enjoy a time honored after meal treat. If you're out with an older crowd, head over to Judge's Bench located in Historic Ellicott City and bask in the largest collection of single malt whiskey in the state! 

Mission BBQ - Veterans eat Free

Description: Mission BBQ Honors Vets. on Veterans Day with free Sandwiches

Date: November 11, 2018 (Saturday)

Time: all day

Location:6270 Columbia Crossing Cr. Columbia,MD 21045 & 3410 Plum Tree Drive, Ellicott City MD, 21042    

Contact: Columbia/or Ellicott City Stores 443-832-6180/443-574-7333

Web link:mission-bbq.com    

Reserved Veteran Parking areas include:

Leidos (Columbia Gateway Dr)

Aida Bistro (Col Gateway)

The Mall in Columbia

Turf Valley Resort

Howard Co. General Hospital

Elkridge Furnace Inn

Stella Notte Restaurant - 8809 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Green Valley Marketplace - 7280 Montgomery Road Elkridge, MD 21075

Make a weekend out of your trip, and enjoy everything that Howard County has to offer. We have a hotel to fit every size and budget, so start planning your weekend getaway today!