Garry Groundhog with his friend Rocky – a transformation
On Saturday, July 23, a lot of hearty souls joined together at Calumet Park for the 8th Annual Live Butterfly Release. Under scorching heat, over 350 men, women and children gathered to share in a meaningful event. Following are some pictures of some of the participants and families that attended. For those who love the heat, this was your day!
See you all next year. Let’s start praying now for a sunny day, 80 degrees and fluffy clouds for shade.
For info on preplanning cemetery and funeral arrangements, call 219-769-8803.
Live Butterfly Release Ceremony July 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Calumet Park Cemetery on the corner of 73rd and Taft in Merrillville, Indiana
Call now to reserve your live butterfly for our 7th Annual Butterfly Release Ceremony. This has become a great tradition for over 300 people each summer; all compliments of Calumet Park Cemetery.
During this one hour program, there will be live music from Brant Vogel appropriate to the occasion, readings on the Native American Indian Butterfly Legend by Rob Vogel, a short greeting and prayer from Paul Vogel II and the release of the butterflies.
Paul Vogel sharing his heartfelt thoughts on gathering for a butterfly release.
Rob Vogel reciting the Legend of the Butterfly.
Brant Vogel, country music recording artist.
Calumet Park will order 300 butterflies for the occasion, so we recommend you call in to reserve yours as soon as possible. The deadline to call in will be July 17. Call 219-769-8803 (cemetery), 219-736-5840 (Calumet Park Funeral Chapel) and 219-980-1141 (Rendina Funeral Home). Be sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket for your comfort during the program, and come a few minutes early to get your butterfly. The program will begin promptly at 11:00 a.m. See you there!
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The third annual Butterfly Release Ceremony was a big success at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville on Saturday, July 30th. Approximately 250 people attended this ceremony that opened with a prayer by Board of Directors member Paul Vogel. Gavin Vogel played two songs on a recorder. Leslie Vogel followed with a beautiful tribute to Jan Hahn, in whose memory