December 3, 2011 found over 200 area residents coming together for an Angel Tree Lighting ceremony at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, Indiana. Attendees were given a glass angel to either hang on the Calumet Park tree for the holidays or to take home with them at the end of the ceremony. The event opened with Sherry Williams, funeral home manager, welcoming families and friends of deceased loved ones to this special occasion. Saturday’s gathering was the seventh annual tree lighting which is becoming one of the most touching and popular events sponsored by Calumet Park.
Joe Klapak sang two beautifully haunting songs, Mary Did You Know and Angel Feather (lyrics by Daniel Moran), and Paul Vogel II presented a stirring message of hope. The names of those individuals who have passed away were then read aloud as family members (or a friend) placed their angel on the tree in the memory of their lost loved one. Live harp music played softly as the emotional procession made its way to the tree. The evening concluded with refreshments for all and a chance to share their personal stories with others who could truly understand the pain of loss.
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