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Honoring those who serve

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Within the borders of Calumet, Columbia and Superior avenues in Munster, a 6.5-acre memorial honors the men and women who fought, or are currently fighting, for our freedom.

The Community Veterans Memorial was designed around three ideals: to remember, educate and challenge. It was created to honor veterans of foreign wars, educate future generations about how veterans fought to preserve our freedoms and challenge our societies to break the cycle of war. The Memorial’s message of hope and peace is far-reaching; since opening in June, 2003, the park has hosted thousands of visitors, including people from 40 states and nine different countries.

The Memorial imparts a reflective vision for peace and commemorates the sacrifices and achievements of veterans of the major military conflicts that shaped the 20th Century. The park features bronze and granite sculptures and life-size monuments to depict these conflicts. From the trenches of World War I through the Pacific beaches and European battles of World War II, the extreme weather and combat conditions of Korea, the rugged brutal fire fights of Vietnam and the sandy sea of Desert Storm, the memorial pays the highest tribute to our veterans.

A commemorative brick pathway leads visitors on their journey through history. Individuals and groups are invited for self-guided tours in which several stations provide pre-recorded information about the defining wars of the 20th Century. Guided tours are also available by appointment.

On Nov. 11, the Memorial will host a ceremony in observance of Veterans Day and WWI Armistice Day. The ceremony, conducted by the Munster VFW Post, will begin at 10:45 a.m.

The Memorial, located at 9710 Calumet Ave. in Munster, is open dawn to dusk, weather permitting. Admission is free. For more information on the Memorial, visit www.CommunityVeteransMemorial.org or call 219-836-3392.

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