Memorial Weekend means plenty of activities at cemetery- Help honor fallen soldiers

Written by Dan Moran. Posted in Featured

Published on May 02, 2018 with No Comments

Memorial Weekend is a time of remembrance at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville.  A tremendous amount of time and effort and money goes into making sure that those who have preceded us in death are remembered.  Veterans Day is the day specifically set aside for honoring veterans, and Memorial Day is a day to remember all of our loved ones that have passed away.

This year’s Memorial Weekend will start off with a bang, as Calumet Park Cemetery hosts a wonderful free fireworks show starting at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 26.  There will be hayrides and horse and buggy rides prior to the fireworks.  Bring a blanket or some lawn chairs and share an evening of fun with your whole family.  The event will be held in open spaces north of the mausoleum.

Calumet Park owns over 400 acres of land, of which 170 are developed at this time for burials.  Traffic flow and parking and those in attendance will be directed by Tim McClure, grounds superintendent of the cemetery and his crew.  The event is a family-oriented affair and no alcoholic beverages will be permitted.

Throughout the weekend there will be individual services for different religious groups with the main gathering to be in the veteran section on May 27 at 1:00 p.m. There will be guest speakers, live music traditional flag lowering, rifle salute, Taps and the laying of three wreaths at the huge veteran granite memorial in the center of the section.  The veteran service usually draws a crowd of patriotic families numbering in the hundreds.

You are invited to bring your family and friends to share in this weekend of love for those who have died.  Regardless of a person’s passing away a day before or 60 years before, the traditional visit to a cemetery is a show of respect and a testament to how important their lives were to us who still walk this earth.  If you plan on coming to the cemetery over the Memorial Day Weekend, we invite you to schedule your visit to allow you time to join in for this very special event.

As a company, Calumet Park does not offer sales as part of their business plan of operation.  Prices for cemetery property, funerals, caskets, vaults etc. are calculated at a level that is fair to the public and that allows proper maintenance of the cemetery and services to the families that look to us in their time of need. However, there are some new sections that have been opened this past year that are being offered at deep discounts during this weekend of remembering.

Through the end of May, there will be discounts of 25 percent on the veteran columbarium, on the new Meditation Pond columbarium and for a beautiful private mausoleum in place just south (left of) the original mausoleum. Stop out and see how nicely it is located on the shores of a pond with a fountain.  There is also a 25-percent discount on graves and monuments/markers in three ground burial sections that may be just what you are looking for. The three sections have distinct elements that can be explained by visiting with a Family Service Counselor at any time during normal business hours (M-F from 9-5 and Saturday from 9-1).

Also, Calumet Park is looking toward making special videos on YouTube (look at calumet park cemetery on YouTube) for internet shoppers.  They will be informational shorts, from how things work to products and services available.  There is a short video currently on YouTube that speaks to Calumet Park Cemetery’s veteran discount program that should be viewed by any veteran or family of a veteran.  Besides the benefits that the VA offers, which is an American flag and Taps with a gun salute, Calumet Park offers a free grave, free installation of a veteran marker including a granite backer, and huge discounts on funeral services, caskets, vaults, and opening/closings.  It costs nothing to look and we encourage you to see for yourself how your family can benefit by choosing Calumet Park Cemetery.

For more information, go to facebook at mycalumetpark or visit our website at www.calumetparkcemetery.com or call 219-769-8803 for help.  See you over Memorial Weekend and drive safely.

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