Veterans Day activities around the Region

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Published on November 07, 2018 with No Comments

Following is a list of Veterans Day programs around Northwest Indiana, listed by date:

Friday, Nov. 9

• The city of Valparaiso, Valpo Parks, and Valpo Parks Foundation present a Veterans Day program at the Volunteers & Veterans Service Memorial at Foundation Meadows Park, 3210 N. Campbell, starting at 11:30 a.m. The program includes a guest speaker and reflection on World War I. Call 219-462-5144 for more information.

Saturday, Nov. 10

• A veterans recognition service takes place at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Stony Run County Park, 9230 E. 142nd Ave., Hebron, starting at 10:30 a.m.

• The fifth annual Hammond Veteran Appreciation Day Parade begins at 10:00 a.m. from Olcott Avenue and 173rd Street east to the Hessville Park Veterans Memorial. A brief ceremony at the memorial will immediately follow the parade. Call 219-853-6378 for details.

Sunday, Nov. 11

• The city of Hobart’s Veterans Day program begins at 11:00 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park along 73rd Avenue, near John Wood School.

• Calumet Park Cemetery at 2305 W. 73rd Avenue in Merrillville hosts a Veterans Day service at its mausoleum, starting at 11:00 a.m. Call 219-769-8803 for details.

• A Veterans Day service will be held at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Crown Point on the east-side steps Courthouse Square.

• A Veterans Day-Armistice Day service begins at 10:45 a.m. in Munster at the Veterans Memorial at 9710 Calumet Ave.

• The Schererville Parks Department VFW, and American Legion present a Veterans Day service from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Schererville Community Center, 500 E. Joliet St.

Monday, Nov. 12

• Indiana University Northwest at 3400 Broadway in Gary will honor veterans and their families, as well as dedicate the new Veterans Resource Center on campus, starting at noon in Hawthorn Hall, room 105. For more information, call 219-980-6815 or email regisnw@iun.edu.

• Veterans Day Film and Talk

Join staff and visitors from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center as we honor our nation’s veterans with a film and a short presentation. The film “Vietnam Nurses with Dana Delaney” in the Visitor Center’s auditorium. The film reveals the stories of the women who served in the Vietnam era. The Indiana Dunes Visitor Center is located at 1215 North State Rd. 49, Chesterton.  For more information call 219-395-1882 or visit  www.nps.gov/indu.

Wednesday, Nov. 14

• Valparaiso’s Memorial Opera House honors military personnel with a concert of songs from the time of World War I to Operation Desert Storm from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. The opera house is located at 104 E. Indiana St. Call 219-548-9157 for details.

Veterans Day – looking back over century of military service

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938.

Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or dead—but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

When Is Veterans Day?

Veterans Day occurs on Nov. 11 every year in the United States.

In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

In 1968, the Uniform Holidays Bill was passed by Congress, which moved the celebration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. The law went into effect in 1971, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Veterans Day to Nov. 11, due to the important historical significance of the date.

Great Britain, France, Australia and Canada also commemorate the veterans of World War I and World War II on or near Nov. 11: Canada has Remembrance Day, while Britain has Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday of November).

In Europe, Great Britain and the Commonwealth countries it is common to observe two minutes of silence at 11:00 a.m. every Nov. 11.

Veterans today

The military men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children, grandparents, friends, neighbors and coworkers, and are an important part of their communities. Here are some facts about the veteran population of the United States:

  • 16.1 million living veterans served during at least one war.
  • 5.2 million veterans served in peacetime.
  • 2 million veterans are women.
  • 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War.
  • 5.5 million veterans served during the Persian Gulf War.
  • Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II, about 558,000 are still alive.
  • 2 million veterans served during the Korean War.
  • 6 million veterans served in peacetime.
  • As of 2014, 2.9 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities.
  • As of 2014, 3 states have more than 1 million veterans among their population: California (1.8 million), Florida (1.6 million) and Texas (1.7 million).
  • The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing homecare units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.

Source: history.com

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