Special events for Veterans Day around NWI- Listings of special ceremonies for Veterans Day celebrations

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Published on November 08, 2017 with No Comments

Thursday, Nov. 9

• HOBART - From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.at the Maria Reiner Center, 705 E. Fourth St., in Hobart, American Legion Post 54 is serving free soup and sandwiches for veterans. For details, call 219-947-1864.

Friday, Nov. 10

• VALPARAISO - The city of Valparaiso, Valpo Parks, and Valpo Parks Foundation will hold a Veterans Day program at the Service Memorial at Foundation Meadows Park, 3210 N. Campbell. State Rep. and Vietnam veteran Ed Soliday will be the guest speaker. Call 219-462-5144 for more details.

Saturday, Nov. 11  

• MERRILLVILLE - The public is invited to Veterans Recognition Day, starting at 11:00 a.m. at Calumet Park Cemetery, 7535 Taft St in Merrillville. Call 219-769-8803 for more details.

• HOBART - A Veterans Day program starts at 11:00 a.m.at Veterans Memorial Park, 5899 E. 73rd Ave. in Hobart. Starting at 11:45 a.m. a post-program lunch will be held at American Legion Post 54, 208 S. Linda St. in Hobart.

• PORTAGE - American Legion Post 260 will hold a Veterans Day program at 11:00 a.m. at Woodland Park’s Sycamore Hall in Portage. For more information call 219-762-3541.

• MUNSTER - Munster Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2697 will conduct a Veterans Day ceremony at 10:45 a.m. at Community Veterans Memorial, 971 Columbia Ave., Munster. Call 219-863-3392 for more details.

• HAMMOND - The city of Hammond will hold a Veterans Appreciation Day Parade from 10:00 a.m. to noon, starting from Olcott and 173rd Avenues and ending at Hessville Park’s Veterans Memorial. Call 219-853-6378 for more details.

• HEBRON - A veteran’s service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. at the Vietnam Memorial at Stoney Run County Park, 9230 E. 103rd Ave., Hebron (Leroy). Call 219-945-0543 ext. 239 for more details.

• CROWN POINT - A Veterans Day ceremony will be held on the east steps on the courthouse square in downtown Crown Point. Call 219-663-0660 for more details.

• PORTER - A Veterans Day film and talk will take place from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. St. Rd., 49, Porter. A film on veterans will be shown, followed by a short presentation. Admission is free. Call 219-295-1882 for more details.

• BURNS HARBOR - The Burns Harbor Brew-Ah, sponsored by the Burns Harbor Fire Department, will salute veterans from noon to 5:00 p.m. The program will be held at the Burns Harbor Food Truck Square, 1237 Westport Rd., Burns Harbor. Call 219-787-9413 for more details.

• VALPARAISO - Taltree Arboretum & Gardens is offering free admission to veterans and active military personnel from 10:00:a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The nature center is located at 450 W. 100 North in Valparaiso. Call 219-462-0025 or visit www.taltree.org for more details.

• LAKE STATION - Lake Station Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9323 will hold a Veterans Day service at 11:00 a.m. at Veterans Park off Putnam St. Call 219-962-3522 for more details.

Wednesday, Nov. 15

• VALPARAISO - As part of its Lunchtime Cabaret Series, Memorial Opera House in Valparaiso will host Sounds of Freedom: A Salute Veterans from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The program features military tribute music from the Civil War to the 1940s to the modern era. Tickets are $13 for adults and $11 for seniors (59-older), military personnel, and students will a valid ID. The opera house is located at 104 Indiana Ave. Call 219-548-9137 for more details.


Veterans Day Fact


Veterans Day is an official United States holiday which honors people who have served in our armed services. These men and women are known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. Veterans Day is a day set aside that helps us remember the anniversary of the end of World War I. World War I battles were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Veterans Day is always observed on November 11th all across the United States of America.

We celebrate Veterans Day each year as a time to be dedicated to the cause of world peace. We thank all our veterans for serving and giving to make our country free, peaceful, and strong.

Veterans Day is celebrated with huge respect, happiness, and acknowledgment throughout the country.


South Shore Line offers veterans, active duty military personnel free transportation


To show gratitude, all veterans are invited to ride the South Shore Line for free for Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 10 and through the weekend of Nov. 11-12.

“We are honored to offer veterans and active duty military personnel (including reservists) free rides on the South Shore Line,” commented Nicole Barker, director of capital Investment and Implementation at the SSL. “By welcoming them on the train for free, we hope to convey our gratitude for all they have done for our nation. It’s our way of thanking veterans for all they’ve done to keep our country safe.”

As train personnel walk through the train, riders should let them know they are a veteran or active military personnel, and they will receive a ride at no charge. No identification will be required.

On Veterans Day (Saturday, Nov. 11), trains will follow the regular weekday train schedule.

Up to three children under 14 years of age may ride free with each veteran on off-peak weekday and all weekend trains.

For more information on train schedules, discounts and to plan a trip, visit www.mysouthshoreline.com or download the SSL app (available for iPhone and Android).

The South Shore Line is a commuter rail line operated by the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District (NICTD) between Millennium Station in downtown Chicago and the South Bend International Airport in South Bend.


DNR offers free admission to veterans, active-duty military personnel


All veterans and active-duty military personnel, and everyone in their vehicle, will be admitted free to DNR state parks, reservoir properties and state forests on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11. Veterans and military personnel should present ID or evidence of military service where entrance gates are in operation.

“We appreciate the sacrifices and service of our veterans and active-duty military and look forward to recognizing them with a day to explore some of the best outdoor places in our state,” said Dan Bortner, director of Indiana State Parks.

For proof of military status, gate attendants will accept:

• Discharge papers (veteran’s DD Form 214).

• Veteran license plates: Ex-POW, Purple Heart, Disabled Hoosier Veteran, Pearl Harbor Survivor.
Veteran license plates also include: Air Force Veteran, Army Veteran, Coast Guard Veteran, Marine Corps Veteran, Merchant Marine Veteran, and Navy Veteran.

• U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Award Letter.

• Veterans hunting and fishing license.

• Documents showing veteran benefits with veteran’s name on document.

• Any other certificate or verification letter or form.

For general information about state park, reservoir and forest properties, visit www.dnr.IN.gov.


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