Memorial Day 2013 Observances

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Here is a list of many of the Memorial Day observances and programs, courtesy of the veterans’ groups and community organizations to area media:

CROWN POINT — St. Matthias Parish will celebrate Mass at 10 a.m. Monday at historic Maplewood Cemetery, at the corner of Wells and Pettibone streets. Those attending the service are asked to bring a lawn chair and stay for the American Legion/Veterans of Foreign Wars program that follows.

EAST CHICAGO — The East Chicago Marina will hold its annual Blessing of the Water at 10 a.m. Monday on the marina boardwalk.

GRIFFITH — The Memorial Day program will start at 10 a.m. Monday at the Griffith War Memorial in Central Park, intersection of Broad and Oak streets. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, is scheduled to speak.

HAMMOND — Several ceremonies will mark Hammond’s observance of Memorial Day.

•  St. John/St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery will participate in the national celebration Service God and Country: A Memorial Day Salute to Our Heroes with a Mass at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the cemetery, 1547 167th St., Hammond.

•  VFW Post 802 will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at Harrison Park at Hohman Avenue and Waltham Street.

•  The Hammond Mohawks Club’s annual Memorial Day parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Cavalier Inn on Gostlin Street and Baltimore Avenue. The parade ends at St. Casimir Catholic Church at Cameron Avenue and Huehn Street.

HIGHLAND — The Highland Council of Community Events is coordinating the 10 a.m. Memorial Day service at Main Square Park gazebo.

HOBART — Hobart’s Memorial Day service is at 11 a.m. Monday at the Doughboy Monument at Seventh and Main streets.

LAKE STATION — A service is planned for 11 a.m. Monday at Veterans Memorial Park near Putnam and Fairview streets.

LEROY — The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee and the Lake County Parks and Recreation Department will host a Memorial Day service at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Stoney Run County Park, 142nd and Union streets, Leroy.

MERRILLVILLE —  the Battle of the Bulge memorial ceremony is at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the  Calumet Park Cemetery veterans’ section.

MUNSTER — Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2697 will conduct a 10 a.m. Monday ceremony at the Christian Reformed Church cemetery, Ridge Road and Hohman Avenue.

The post also will conduct a service at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Community Veterans Memorial, Calumet Avenue and Superior Street. American Legion Post 16, Munster High School band, Munster Police Department Honor Guard and special guests Gabrielle Rapin and Jim Markewicz will participate.

ST. JOHN — VFW Post 717 will host its Memorial Day program at 8:30 a.m. Monday at St. John the Evangelist Church, 10701 Olcott Ave., following Mass. The program includes a three-volley gun salute. The VFW Post will repeat the program at St. Micheal the Archangel Church in Schererville at 9:45 a.m., following Mass.

WHITING — Coffee and doughnuts will be served at the American Legion Whiting Post 80, 2003 Indianapolis Blvd., at 9:30 a.m Monday. The group will assemble outside the post at 10:45 a.m. to begin the march to the Veterans Memorial at 119th and Oliver streets. The ceremony will include a salute, music by the Whiting High School Band and the laying of the wreath.

The group then returns to the legion for fellowship.

VALPARAISO — The 7th annual City of Valparaiso Memorial Day Concert is planned from 2 to 3 p.m. at Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Ave. There is no admission charge. Audience members are asked to bring non-perishable food items which will be donated to the Christian Food Pantry in Valparaiso. The performance will feature patriotic band music, audience sing-alongs and historical narratives. Call (219) 464-5087.

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