Veterans honored at Calumet Park Cemetery on November 11th

Gun salute as part of the Veterans Day ceremony at Calumet Park Cemetery.  Photo by Richard Stake

Gun salute as part of the Veterans Day ceremony at Calumet Park Cemetery. Photo by Richard Stake

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On November 11, Calumet Park Cemetery sponsored a meaningful Veterans Day Tribute with approximately 100 in attendance.  This turnout was a nice surprise considering the weather turned to you know what overnight.  Paul Vogel II opened the event with an appropriate prayer and thank you to all who contributed to make this the best nation in the world.  This was followed by a short and powerful speech from John Rassbach, thanking vets for their service to this country.  He made special mention for the families of veterans as they served their country as well when they had a loved one wearing the uniform of the U.S. military.  Keynote speaker Pat O’Donnell gave a moving talk on some of his own experiences in Nam and stressed that war is hell, and so is being a loved one of a veteran.  He noted that we are all in the debt to anyone who donned the uniform, man or woman.  A placing of a wreath before the flag, with a gun salute and taps were incorporated in the Veterans Day show of appreciation.  The gathering concluded with the cutting of a yellow ribbon to officially dedicate the new bronze, kneeling soldier before a cross on the new Veteran Memorial Columbariu.  For more photos of the morning’s activity, scroll down.

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