Vietnam Memorial at Stoney Run State Park gets an addition…

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The unveiling of the new Vietnam Battle Cross at Stoney Run Park in Hebron was made on April 7, 2015.  Below are some pictures of the setting of the bronze on granite memorial.

Rick Kardosh (left) and Walt Johnson from DOH in Chicago download the new tribute memorial for setting.

Rick Kardosh (left) and Walt Johnson from DOH in Chicago download the new tribute memorial for setting.

Placing and sealing the bronze to the granite base.

Placing and sealing the bronze to the granite base.

Rick and Walt after completing the installation. At DOH, Casey Ladislas and John Dexter handled the beautiful sandblasting on the granite pedestal.

Rick and Walt after completing the installation. At DOH, Casey Ladislas and John Dexter handled the beautiful sandblasting on the granite pedestal.

Bob Gerstenberg, President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee, snaps a shot of the delivery of the new memorial just prior to unloading.

Bob Gerstenberg, President of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee, snaps a shot of the delivery of the new memorial just prior to unloading.

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Bob with Daniel Moran, General Manager of Calumet Park Cemetery, posing with the new tribute memorial honoring those 255 Indiana soldiers who paid the ultimate price in the jungles of Vietnam.

Bob with Daniel Moran, General Manager of Calumet Park Cemetery, posing with the new tribute memorial honoring those 255 Lake Couinty,  Indiana soldiers who paid the ultimate price in the jungles of Vietnam.

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Those brave warriors from Indiana will be remembered for all time as their names were engraved on granite from the U.S. - dedication date was May 4, 1991.

Those brave warriors from Lake County Indiana will be remembered for all time as their names were engraved on granite from the U.S. – dedication date was May 4, 1991.

Dedicated to the Lake County, Indiana elite who lost their lives, and to their families.

Dedicated to the Lake County, Indiana elite who lost their lives, and to their families.

A short history of this Vietnam Memorial takes one back to one grief-stricken family’s attempt to honor their son and others like him.  David Michael Baum was one of 255 young men from Lake County, Indiana and one of the more than 58,000 from across the nation who gave their lives for their country while serving with the armed forces in Vietnam.  Distraught over the treatment afforded most of the returning Vietnam Veterans, the Baum’s decided to donate toward the creation of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Lake County.  A memorial fund was established, and through community support and donations, the site has evolved into one of the most respectful and beautiful memorials to those who America forgot.  And with this Vietnam Memorial, those who gave of their all will be remembered for all time.

Calumet Park is honored to have played even a small role in the placement of this memorial.  The time and money spent to ensure that the individual serviceman is represented by this Vietnam Cross is a small price to pay to help the people of Lake County, and all visitors to this Vietnam Memorial , know for all time that Calumet Park respects and honors all men and women who have ever donned the uniform of this great nation.  And to them and their families, we offer a sincere thank you.

For information on Calumet Park’s unique veteran program for final expenses and memorialization, call 219-769-8803 or stop in at Calumet Park Cemetery at the corner of 73rd and Taft in Merrillville, one mile north of Route 30 on Taft.  Visit our website at calumetparkcemetery.com

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