A grateful nation salutes its veterans with a variety of services, dedications and programs today through Tuesday.
DYER | The Dyer Parks and Recreation Department dedicates the playground at Pheasant Hills Park in honor of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. David Nowaczyk, a Dyer resident who died in Afghanistan on April 15. The dedication is at 11 a.m. at the park at the intersection of Mary Street and Andrew Drive.
LEROY | Lake County Parks holds its Veterans Recognition Service from 10:30 a.m to noon at Stoney Run County Park, 142nd and Union streets, Leroy. James E. Koutz, the 2012-13 national commander of the American Legion, will share his message that every day is Veterans Day. The program, which includes music, is presented by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee. For more information, contact Lake County Parks, (219) 769-7275, firstname.lastname@example.org. http://www.lakecountyparks.com.
LAKE VILLAGE | The Lake Village American Legion Post 375 unveils and dedicates its new Veterans Memorial in services at 1 p.m. at the Lincoln Township Memorial Park on old U.S. 41.
MERRILLVILLE | Aquinas School holds a program at 11:30 a.m. at Ameling Hall, 801 W. 73rd Ave. The event, which is open to the public, includes performances by the school's band and choir. There will also be guest speaker and students will showcase the wall of honor, which recognizes veterans related to Aquinas students.
CROWN POINT | Crown Point American Legion Post 20 and the city of Crown Point conduct a Veterans Day ceremony at 10:30 a.m. on the east side steps of the Old Lake County Courthouse on the square.
EAST CHICAGO | Mayor Anthony Copeland and the city of East Chicago invite all veterans, family, friends, clergy and organizations to a Veteran Day ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park gazebo near City Hall, 701 W. 145th St. The ceremony will be preceded by coffee and doughnuts in the mayor's office.
GARY | The School of Medicine-Northwest and Indiana University Northwest host a remembrance ceremony Monday to honor veterans who have donated their bodies for medical education and research through the International Human Cadaver Prosection Program, an internationally recognized program. At 1 p.m., outside the east entrance of the Dunes Medical/Professional Building, members of the campus’s Reserve Officer Training Corps program will lay a wreath and recite the names of the program’s anatomical donors who have served their country.
HAMMOND | Three services are scheduled Monday.
A ceremony to mark the dedication of a Memorial for Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Lyman Avenue and Douglas Street, behind the federal court building. There are a variety of speakers in the program "A Tribute to Our Troops: In Grateful Remembrance," including politicians and those representing the military. It concludes with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.
Parking is available at the Hammond Social Security Office parking lot adjacent to the dedication site. In case of inclement weather, the tribute will take place inside the American Legion Post No. 168, 721 State St., Hammond. For more information, contact project coordinator Ernie Dillon at (219) 789-0077.
VFW Memorial Post 7881 and American Legion Post 232 hold a Veterans Day Service from 11 to 11:45 a.m. at Hessville Park, 173rd and Kennedy Avenue.
A Purdue University Calumet Veterans Day celebration Monday includes assembly of care packages for military personnel and keynote remarks by an executive of the VA Center for Women Veterans.
Co-sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and the university's From Boots to Books: Veterans and Student Service members Academic Support program, the PUC observance begins with a flag raising ceremony at 8 a.m. outside the west entrance of Lawshe Hall, Woodmar Avenue north of 173rd Street.
PUC students, staff and Fifth Third Bank employees volunteers will prepare more than 500 care packages of food items and toiletries for military personnel serving abroad. Fifth Third is providing the items.
At 10 a.m. Betty Moseley Brown delivers a keynote address at the Alumni Hall of the Student Union & Library. She is the Associate Director of the VA Center for Women Veterans. All Veterans Day celebrations are free and open to the public.
HOBART | American Legion Post 54 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Kostbade-Fowble Post 5365 conduct a brief ceremony at 11 a.m. at Veterans Park, 5899 E. 735rd Ave., Hobart.
HIGHLAND | The Timothy Ball Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution is coordinating the Veterans Day ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon at the Highway of Flags Memorial, Ridge Road and Indianapolis Boulevard.
SCHERERVILLE | The Schererville Parks Department, VFW, and the American Legion hold a service from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the St. John Township War Memorial at the Schererville Police Department, 25 E. Joliet St.
CROWN POINT | Geisen Funeral Home hosts its annual Veterans Dinner to honor local veterans and their spouses at the Geisen Reception Centre, 606 E. 113th Ave. Registered guests can arrive at 5 p.m., the program starts at 5:30. This year's program will include a speaker from Honor Flight, who will talk about the program that flies WWII veterans to Washington, D.C. for a day. Dinner will follow. Guests must register with Geisen Funeral Home, (219) 663-2500; space is limited.