With graveside services, wreath-laying ceremonies and parades, the region is celebrating Memorial Day weekend.
Most observances are Monday, but Calumet Park Cemetery, 2305 W. 73rd Ave., Merrillville, has three days of services planned beginning today.
Memorial Mass held at Maplewood Cemetery
CROWN POINT | A Mass celebrated by the Rev. James Wozniak of St. Matthias Church, and the Rev. Joseph Vamos of Our Lady of Consolation in Merrillville is at 10 a.m. Monday at historic Maplewood Cemetery, at the corner of Wells and Pettibone streets. In case of rain, the Mass will be at St. Matthias Chapel, 101 W. Burrell Drive in Crown Point.
American Legion Post 20 and the city of Crown Point hold a Memorial Day parade and ceremony. The parade leaves at 10:30 a.m. from the Little League Municipal Lot across from Col. Wheeler School, traveling down Joliet Street to Main Street to Maplewood Cemetery for a ceremony at 11 a.m.
E.C. Marina to hold Blessing of the Water
EAST CHICAGO | The East Chicago Marina will hold its annual Blessing of the Water at 10 a.m. Monday on the marina boardwalk.
Griffith program at War Memorial
GRIFFITH | The Memorial Day program will start at 10 a.m. Monday at the Griffith War Memorial in Central Park, intersection of Broad and Oak streets. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, is scheduled to speak.
Post 802 hosts prayer service
HAMMOND | VFW Post 802 has planned a service at 11 a.m. Monday at Harrison Park at Hohman Avenue and Waltham Street. it includes prayers, playing of taps and a rifle salute.
At about noon, VFW Post 802 members will gather at the Veterans' Section of Elmwood Cemetery, 1413 169th St. for prayers, taps and a rifle salute.
VFW Post 7881 and American Legion Post 232 hold a service at 11 a.m. Monday at Hessville Park, 173rd and Kennedy avenues.
The Hammond Mohawks Club's annual Memorial Day parade steps off at 11 a.m. Monday from the Cavalier Inn on Gostlin Street and Baltimore Avenue. Parade participants include firefighters, police units, the Lake County sheriff, marching bands from Morton High School and Bishop Noll Institute, fly-overs by the Lake County Sheriff's helicopters and the Shriners. The parade ends at St. Casimir Catholic Church at Cameron Avenue and Huehn Street.
Highland Council coordinates Memorial service
HIGHLAND | The Highland Council of Community Events is coordinating the 10 a.m. Memorial Day service Monday at Main Square Park gazebo.
Doughboy Monument site of Hobart service
HOBART | Hobart's Memorial Day service is at 11 a.m. Monday at the Doughboy Monument at Seventh and Main streets.
Leroy to host Memorial Day service
LEROY | The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee and the Lake County Parks and Recreation Department host a Memorial Day service at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Stoney Run County Park, 142nd and Union streets, Leroy. Robert Eugene Newman, National Vice Commander for the Central Region of American Legion, is the speaker.
Fireworks, hayride planned at M'ville cemetery
MERRILLVILLE | The Descent of the Holy Ghost Church holds a service at 10 a.m. today.
A fireworks show and hayride are planned at 7 p.m. tonight at the cemetery.
A Veterans Memorial Service, sponsored by the American Legion 1st District, is set for 1 p.m. Sunday at the cemetery. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Merrillville, will speak.
A shared Catholic, St. Sava Serbian Orthodox and First Presbyterian Church of Merrillville service is set for 10 a.m. Monday at the cemetery. SS Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church has a service at 10:45 a.m., and the Battle of the Bulge memorial ceremony is at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the Veterans section.
Merrillville VFW Post #1563 conducts a service at 2 p.m. Monday at the Veterans Memorial on the post grounds, 6880 Hendricks St. The observance starts with dinner at 2 p.m. followed by comradeship.
Post 2697, Post 16 to commemorate Vietnam vets
MUNSTER | Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2697 and American Legion Allied Post 16 hold a memorial service and commemoration of the Vietnam conflict from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday at Community Veterans Memorial, Calumet Avenue and Superior Street. The Munster High School Band joins veterans to honor members of the U.S. Armed Forces lost in combat and commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam Conflict.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2697 and the congregation of the Christian Reformed Church hold a service at 10 a.m. Monday in the church cemetery, Ridge Road and Hohman Avenue.
The post also conducts a service at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the Community Veterans Memorial, Calumet Avenue and Superior Street. American Legion Post 16, Munster High School band, and the Munster Police Department Honor Guard participate.
Chapel Lawn Funeral Home service at noon
SCHERERVILLE | Chapel Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 8178 Cline Ave., holds a service beginning at noon in the Veterans Garden.
Post 177 hosts service at St. John Evangelical Church
ST. JOHN | VFW Post 717 hosts its Memorial Day program at 8:30 a.m. Monday at historic St. John the Evangelist Church on Wicker Avenue. The program includes a 21-gun salute, taps and a singer. At 9:45 a.m., the VFW Post will repeat the program at St. Michael and Archangel Church, 1 Wilhelm St., Schererville following Mass.
Post 80 to serve coffee, doughnuts
WHITING | Coffee and doughnuts will be served at the American Legion Whiting Post 80, 2003 Indianapolis Blvd., at 9:30 a.m Monday. Legion members, city officials and members of the Elks will assembly outside the post at 10:45 a.m. to begin the march to the Veterans Memorial at 119th and Oliver streets. The ceremony, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., includes a 21-gun salute, music by the Whiting High School Band and the laying of wreaths. The group then returns to the legion for fellowship.