Memorial Day Weekend Tributes

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Northwest Indiana hosts a few events during Memorial Day weekend to memorialize the United States of America’s veterans, commemorating sacrifices of those heroes.
One festival commemorates them and their service 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 25, under a large U.S. flag in front of Griegers auto dealership on US Highway 30 in Valparaiso. Valpo’s American Legion will provide a color guard ceremony and historical artifacts from WW II and other wars. After the 21 gun salute and taps is performed, Bill Wellman, Mayor Costas and Bill Hanna will say a few words. Wellman is a local hero and fought in the Battle of Okinawa. Wellman has been in the media recently for his initiative to have cities around the nation honor the war dead by playing taps each night at dusk.

Other Memorial Day weekend programs include:

Sunday, May 26, 2013:
1:00-1:45 PM: Calumet Cemetery Memorial Day Program
Memorial Day program featuring music played by the Merrillville High School Band
Calumet Park Cemetery
2305 West 73rd Street

Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2013:
10 a.m. Gary Memorial Day Parade
Call Commander Earl Nickolson at (219) 742-8672 for details.

10-10:45 a.m. Town of Griffith War Memorial Event
Congressman Pete Visclosky is guest speaker at an event honoring America’s fallen heroes and veterans in Griffith.
Griffith War Memorial
Broad and Oak Streets

11:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m. Hammond Mohawks Memorial Day Program
Event to commemorate American war heroes in Hammond
St. Casimir
4340 Johnson Avenue

2:30-3:15 p.m. Lake County Memorial Day Program
Congressman Visclosky speaks before a gathering sponsored by Lake County Parks at the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial in Leroy.
Stoney Run County Park
142nd Avenue & Union Street


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