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The flag that stands for freedom….

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The flag that stands for freedom,

Shouts loud for all to hear…

“We are the good old U.S.A.,

the land we hold so dear.”

The boys and girls who dressed the part,

Aged beyond compare

when they hit the shores of Normandy

or places ‘over there’.

Men and women served with pride,

At home or overseas…

All sacrificed their days of youth

So we could all be free.

And others, please remember,

Have never returned home.

Their souls to God, their blood to soil,

Their families left alone.

At Cal Park, we thank them all,

and understand their plight.

Peace the goal, but because of them

the world still fears our might.

The uniform that makes us one,

from Army to Marines…

and Navy, Air Force and the Guard,

brings peace by any means.

To all veterans and their families, Calumet Park Cemetery and affiliates salute you.

Join us this Memorial Weekend in our show of appreciation for all who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

For more info on the weekend, see our Newsletter on this blog or call 219-769-8803.

 

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What do you think of when you think of July?

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Fireworks? Baseball? Hot dogs on the grill? Family gatherings? The beach? No school?
As a kid, July meant endless baseball to me. We would mow the pasture, put some cardboard down for bases, and never tire of throwing, and hitting and running. We had formal little league, but it was the 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. pick-up games that were the most fun. Anybody who has smelled fresh cut grass and sipped on real, homemade lemonade knows what I am talking about.

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Girls? There were always girls showing up; and they played. We would go home, sweaty and dusty, with our clothes ripped and stained with grass and cow manure from the outfield, but we didn’t care. As an adult, I now recognize that parents were not crazy about the mess we made of our clothes, but for the kids of that generation, we only thought of the next pop fly to be snagged.

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July meant hot, sunny days. It meant getting chilled when the sun went down as we would catch fireflies in the dew that formed from such quick changes in temperatures. Hide and seek was a lot of fun in the dark; only porch lights prevented us from smacking into trees. Country living meant there was no such thing as street lights, and the next door neighbor was a couple of hundred yards away.

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When you hear pitch black…that was Chipmonk Road in the late 50’s. We would see bats darting by in the shadows and the girls would scream and the boys would hold back their screams…so brave, so brave.
Those were the days, and such memories remind us that there is goodness in the simplest of things…if we will only let ourselves be open to them. July, I welcome you…past, present and future.
For info on preplanning, call 769-8803.  Happy 4th of July and remember what is important…and watch those fingers…fireworks are not meant to be a crude surgical tool!

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Free fireworks, hayride, display of Harley Hearse and hoof-n-harness horse drawn hearse…

2012-06-03 Rob & girls Fathers Day 2012 005 (1)2012-09-15 009If you are looking for a fun, free evening with the kids, or if you just like fireworks, come out to the cemetery at 7:00 on Saturday night, May 24.  You will get a close-up look at our new Harley Hearse and see the horse-drawn carriage from hoof-n-harness out of Jasper County.  The evening is a guaranteed couple of hours of fun and relaxation.  There will be hayrides  and maybe a surprise or two.

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Calumet Park Cemetery is located at the corner of Taft and 73rd in Merrillville.  To go to the fireworks show, drive west past the main entrance to the cemetery for about a quarter mile and turn right into the cemetery.  You will be directed as to where to park.  This event will not disturb any graves spaces and is done as a way to honor all veterans who have given so much for this nation.   Think of the verse:  and the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air, gave proof through the night, that our flag was still there.  The Star Spangled Banner waves because of the dedication of our country’s men and women in uniform.  And we thank each and every one who ever donned the uniform, or stayed behind and sacrificed so much for so many.

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For more info, call 218-769-8803

 

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Spring Newsletter for Calumet Park Cemetery and Funeral Chapel has arrived…

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Calumet Park Cemetery introduces a new concept to the region with the only Harley Hearse in NW Indiana.

Click below to see the Spring 2014 newsletter.  Besides a number of interesting items, the back page shows the Memorial Weekend schedule.  Mark you calendars for the events that you want to attend.

Calumet Park Newsletter for Spring 2014

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