By Maureen Post Special to Published Nov 04, 2009 at 10:22 AM

Veteran's Day is celebrated nationally on Nov. 11 but join The Harley-Davidson Museum in honoring the troops a few days early.  The Museum's "Salute to Military" tribute starts this Saturday and runs through Veteran's Day next Wednesday.

The five day celebration calls veterans and military members to come together with the community and celebrate all they have given, sacrificed, and achieved.

Stop by the Museum Saturday to see the St. John's Northwestern Military Academy "Silver Rifles" Exhibition Drill Team to honor war veterans with a ceremony and 21 gun salute.  The Boy Scouts will also be on hand to conduct a flag retirement ceremony on Sunday.

Additional activities include a display of military vehicles, a live bald eagle and a station to send thank you cards to veterans or active military personnel. All military and veterans, as well as their immediate family, will gain free entrance to the Museum all weekend long.

As part of their Veteran's Day duty, the Museum will also collect worn American flags that need to be retired throughout November. If you have a flag in poor condition, drop it at the Museum to ensure it will be properly destroyed.

Check the Harley-Davidson Museum Web site for a schedule of this weekend's activities as well as more information on current displays and indoor exhibits.

Maureen Post Special to staff writer Maureen Post grew up in Wauwatosa. A lover of international and urban culture, Maureen received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

After living on the east side of Madison for several years, Maureen returned to Milwaukee in 2006.

After a brief stint of travel, Maureen joined as the city’s oldest intern and has been hooked ever since. Combining her three key infatuations, Milwaukee’s great music, incredible food and inspiring art (and yes, in that order), Maureen’s job just about fits her perfectly.

Residing in Bay View, Maureen vehemently believes the city can become fresh and new with a simple move across town.