On Saturday, July 27th, a live butterfly release was held at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, Indiana. This was the 5th annual event and it gets bigger each year. Last year 200 butterflies were requested and this year the final count was 315. The attendees were treated to some beautiful live music after an opening welcome from Paul Vogel. Daniel Moran sang “The Dance” from Garth Brooks, Kelly Voliva sang a beautiful rendition of Faith Hill’s “There You’ll Be”. John Ochoa reminded us all of who really has the power when he sang “Precious Lord Take My Hand”. This was followed by Rob Vogel reading the Legend of the Butterflies. As the families in attendance gathered around the butterfly garden, Kelly sang “Butterfly Fly Away” by Miley Cyrus as the butterflies were released. As people milled around the butterfly garden watching the butterflies being freed back to nature, John sang a powerful version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”.
Calumet Park would like to thank all you folks for sharing this memorable ceremony with us. If you couldn’t make it this year, come on out next July for our 6th year of making memories with our families that went away with a smile in their hearts as they honored their lost loved ones.
If you have any questions, please call 769-8803 and check out our facebook page at mycalumetpark for upcoming events at Calumet Park Cemetery. Scroll down for some photos of the “butterfly believers” of the special program, and… see you next year! (click on any pictures you like to enlarge)