With graveside services, wreath-laying ceremonies, a special dedication and historical tour to honor Civil War veterans and parades, the region is formally celebrating Memorial Day weekend. Most events are scheduleld Monday; one is today at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville
CROWN POINT | St. Matthias parish will celebrate a Roman Catholic Mass at 10 a.m. Monday at Historic Maplewood Cemetery.
Those attending the service at 347 Maple Lane are asked to bring a lawn chair and encouraged to stay for the American Legion/Veterans of Foreign Wars program at 11 a.m. Following that, a Memorial Day dedication service and historical tour will honor Crown Point Civil War veterans and launch a preservation and tourism initiative throughout Lake and Porter counties.
The 11:45 ceremony will dedicate 10 new granite headstones recently obtained for city Civil War veterans by the Calumet Region Civil War Preservation Project. Twenty-one new veteran headstones — and two markers for veterans wives — have replaced old worn or broken markers at the cemetery since last Memorial Day.
The ceremony also will launch the South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail, an interconnected network of region cemeteries, museums, artifacts and architectural icons related to the war.
A guided tour of the cemetery, including stories of the Civil War veterans buried there, will follow the 30-minute ceremony. To learn more about the South Shore Civil War Memorial Trail, visit http://www.southshorecva.com/civilwartrail/C That program is followed by a tribute to Civil War veterans buried in Historic Maplewood Cemetery.
GARY | Gary Patriotic Memorial Association holds its Memorial Day and program, beginning with the parade lineup at 9 a.m. Monday at 13th and Massachusetts Street. The theme is Veterans Now and Then. The program follows at Buffington Park.
GRIFFITH | Griffith observes Memorial Day with a program at 10 a. m. Monday in Central Park at the intersection of Broad and Oak streets. U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., is scheduled to speak.
HAMMOND | VFW Post 802 hosts a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday at Harrison Park at Hohman Avenue and Waltham Street.
The Hammond Mohawks Club's annual Memorial Day parade begins at 11 a.m. at Gostlin Street and Baltimore Avenue and ends at St. Casimir Catholic Church at Cameron Avenue and Huehn Street. A wreath-laying ceremony will be held at St. Casimir's war memorial.
HIGHLAND | Highland's Memorial Day service begins at 10 a.m. Monday at Main Square Park gazebo.
HOBART | Hobart's Memorial Day service is at 11 a.m. Monday at the Hobart Doughboy Monument at 7th and Main streets. It includes speeches by Mayor Brian Snedecor and Hobart American Legion Post 54 Cmdr. Mike Adams. Hobart veterans organizations will lay a wreath.
LAKE STATION | Lake Station honors its veterans with an 11 a.m. celebration Monday at Veterans Memorial Park off of Putnam and Fairview streets.
LEROY | Presented by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee, Lake County Parks and Recreation Department hosts a Memorial Day service at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Stoney Run County Park, 142nd and Union Street, about seven miles east of Crown Point.
MERRILLVILLE | Three days of services are planned at Calumet Park Cemetery at 7535 Taft St., Merrillville.
A Veterans Memorial Service is set for 1 p.m. today, conducted by the American Legion 1st District.
Four churches have planned services on Monday. Catholic services are conducted at 10 a.m., as is a remembrance by St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church. First Presbyterian Church of Merrillville has its service at 10 as well.
SS Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral has an 11:45 a.m. ceremony on the cemetery grounds.
The Northern Indiana Chapter of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge will host a Memorial Day ceremony at 12:30 p.m. Monday in the cemetery's veterans section. Lake County Sheriff John Buncich will speak.
Merrillville VFW Post 1563 rededicates its Veterans Memorial to fallen comrades at 2 p.m. Monday at the post, 6880 Hendricks St. Dinner and comradeship follow immediately.
MUNSTER | Munster VFW Post 2697 conducts a program at 11:30 am. at Community Veterans Memorial, 9710 Calumet Ave. The Munster High School band will play and there will be a 21-gun salute.
SCHERERVILLE | Memory Lane Memorial Park, 6305 W. U.S. 30 in Schererville, will honor the soldiers of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, living and deceased, in a special Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. An orchestra and a color guard will perform. Special honors will be bestowed upon local families of the fallen.
Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, 8178 Cline Ave., conducts a celebration at noon and includes remarks by the American Legion Post, a performance by the American Legion Color Guard, the Pledge of Allegiance, the tolling of bells and a gun salute.
ST. JOHN | VFW Post 717 has its Memorial Day program at 8:30 a.m. at St. John the Evangelist Church, 10701 Olcott Ave., following Mass. It includes a gun salute. The VFW Post will repeat that program at 9:45 a.m. following Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Schererville.
WHITING | American Legion Whiting Post 80 starts the day with coffee and doughnuts beginning at 9:30 a.m. a the post, 2003 Indianapolis Blvd. The group assembles outside the post at 10:45 for a march to the Veterans Memorial at 119th and Oliver streets. The ceremony includes a gun salute, music by the Whiting High School Band and the laying of a wreath.
The group then returns to the Legion for fellowship.