Battle of the Bulge ceremony and remembrance at Calumet Park Cemetery…

On Monday, May 27, Barry Veden shared the story of the Battle of the Bulge, the last major battle of WWII, with those dedicated folks who meet each year in honor of the survivors of this great battle.  Barry is the President of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, Chapter 30.

On May 17, 2003 a dream came true for Past Chapter 30 President Bill Tuley and the veterans of that chapter.  The black granite monument in Section 17 shows etched photos of the Battle along with a map on the back of the monument showing where the Battle took place and the war front, including the bulge where the Americans held off the Germans until reinforcements showed up.

The idea of the monument was Mr. Tuley’s and it was through his foresight and dedication to the project that his dream was realized.  Since the placement of the monument, Bill has passed but just before his death, a special tribute of a raised granite monument with bronze plaque was dedicated to honor Bill as a winner of France’s Legion of Honor which is their version of the Medal of Honor.

Click below to enlarge any of the photos from 2013’s ceremony shown below.

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Daniel Moran, G.M. with Battle of the Bulge survivor R.O. Johnson

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Barry Veden, President of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, Chapter 30

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Daniel Moran shaking hands with Battle of the Bulge survivor Carroll Austin (if you know the man in red shirt, call 769-8803 and let Dan know…thanks)

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Huge cake made in honor of 85th Anniversary by family of Will Pickering

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Robert O. Johnson, Battle of the Bulge soldier and survivor

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R.O. showing where on the map he spent the freezing month of the Battle of the Bulge

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Thanks to all the brave warriors who fought the cold, hunger and the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge.

If you want information on Calumet Park Cemetery’s veteran programs, call 219-769-8803, scroll through the other posts in this facebook or go to calumetparkcemetery.com 

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