Memorial Day activities in Northwest Indiana

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News, Featured

Published on May 22, 2019 with No Comments

Here is a listing of 2019 Memorial Day activities in the region, all taking place on Monday, May 27.

• Porter County Museum will host Civil War living history from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The museum is located at 153 Franklin St., Valparaiso. Call 219-465-3595 for more details.

• A Memorial Day service will take place from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. at Stoney Run County Park, 9230 E. 142nd Ave., Leroy (Hebron). Call 219-996-6500 to learn more.

• A Memorial Day program will begin at 1:00 p.m. at the Hawthorne Park Community Center in Porter. The center is located at 500 Ackerman Dr. Those attending should park near the playground to the east of the Community Center. Call 219-921-1687 to learn more.

• The screening of a Memorial Day-themed movie will take place from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the theater of the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N. St. Rd. 49, Porter. Admission is free. Call 219-395-1882 for more details.

• A Memorial Day parade in Hammond runs 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Parade line-up starts at 10:00 a.m. at Gostlin and Calumet avenues. Call 219-853-6368 to learn more.

• The Portage Memorial Day parade, sponsored by American Legion Post 260, assembles at 10:30 a.m. and begins at noon. For more details, call 219-762-3541 or 219-364-6413 or email rob.rodriguez@gmail.com.

• The Hobart Memorial Day observance takes place at 11:00 a.m. at the Doughboy Monument near Sixth and Main streets.

• Valparaiso will observe Memorial Day with a service from 8:00 to 8:20 a.m. at Angelcrest Cemetery, 192 E. 600 N.


Memorial Day observance Friday, May 24 at Valpo’s Service Memorial 


The city of Valparaiso, the Valpo Parks Department and Valpo Parks Foundation encourage families, friends, and individuals to remember those who have served and given the ultimate sacrifice at this year’s Memorial Day observance at the Service Memorial at Foundation Meadows on Friday, May 24 at 8:00 a.m.

Tradition continues as the ceremony includes posting the colors of the United States of America, words of welcome and gratitude from Mayor Jon Costas, and recitation of the community member names on the Duty and Sacrifice monument.  All are invited to this ceremony.





Mayor Jon Costas and Valparaiso Police Department Det. Lt. and active member of the Indiana National Guard Tom Horn are pictured placing a remembrance wreath at the Duty and Sacrifice Monument at Valparaiso’s Service Memorial during the 2018 observance of Memorial Day. The 2019 ceremony is at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, May 24, at Valparaiso’s Service Memorial, 3210 N. Campbell St.



How to Display the American Flag

14 simple facts when the American flag is displayed


1.When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street,it should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.

2.The flag of the United States,when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag’s own right (the viewers’ left)and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.

3.The flag,when flown at half-staff,should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. Half-staff is meant lowering the flag to one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff. Crepe streamers may be affixed to spear heads or flagstaffs in a parade only by order of the president of the United States.

4.When flags of states, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are flownon the same halyard with the U.S. flag, the latter should always be at the peak. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the U.S. flag or to the right of the U.S. flag (the viewer’s left). When the U.S. flag is half-masted, both flags are half-masted, with the U.S. flag at the mid-point and the other flag below.

5.When the flag is suspended over a sidewalkfrom a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.

6.When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an anglefrom the window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff.

7.When the flag is used to cover a casket, it should be so placed that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground.

8.When the flag is displayed in a manner other than by being flown from a staff,it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out. When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left. When displayed in a window, it should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street. When festoons, rosettes or drapings are desired, bunting of blue, white and red should be used, but never the flag.

9.The flag, when carried in a procession with another flag or flags, should be either on the marching right (the flag’s own right) or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.

10.The U.S. flag should be at the center and at the highest point of the groupwhen a number of flags of states or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.

11.When flags of two or more nations are displayed,they are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags should be of approximately equal size. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.

12.When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium on or off a podium,the U.S. flag should hold the position of superior prominence in advance of the audience and in the position of honor at the clergyman’s or speaker’s right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker (to the right of the audience).

13.When the flag is displayed on a car,the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.

14.When hung in a window where it is viewed from the street,place the union at the head and over the left shoulder.

Source: www.ushistory.org.



Fun Facts:

When the American emblem is hung on a stage, it should be located to the right hand side of the speaker


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Observance of Memorial Day

Traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades.

Visit a Veteran’s Cemetery- If there is a veteran cemetery near you, take the family there and place small American flags or red, white and blue flowers on the graves of soldiers.

This is a great way to remember the reason why we celebrate Memorial Day and recognize those who gave their lives for our freedom.

Fly the American Flag- It is traditional to fly the American flag at half-mast until noon on Memorial Day. This is traditional and, after noon you can raise the flag to full mast.


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