2017 Spring Newsletter Click here to see the newsletter. A complete schedule of the Memorial Weekend events are listed. Also, there are a number of other community oriented activities that you may want to save the date for that are shown in the newsletter. Thank you for following us on facebook. If you have any needs or questions about the cemetery, our funeral homes or prearranging, feel free to call. Visit our website at www.calumetparkcemetery.com
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Another successful Memorial Weekend is now part of history. Thousands of families visited the cemetery over the long weekend. Many planted flowers and all showed respect for the sacrifices made by their uniformed loved ones that gave their lives for our freedom. There were a number of services conducted by different religious denominations as honor was paid to all those who have passed on, whether military or civilian. Blessings to all who entered the gates of Calumet Park and for all those whose hearts were here but were physically unable to visit their loved one’s graves.
A special thanks to all the folks who worked so hard to make the cemetery a place that welcomes visitors. Remember us next year as we have had bigger and bigger crowds attend our free fireworks, lantern release, horse drawn carriage and hayride evening of fun as part of the Memorial Day ceremonies.
For information about pre-planning, or to have any questions answered, call 219-769-8803 or visit our website at calumetparkcemetery.com
By Laura Conant, freelance writer for Calumet Park Cemetery
What does Memorial Day mean to you? Is it the big sales at your favorite stores, having a four-day weekend, or being caught up in all the details of the big party you are throwing for the beginning of summer? Please take a moment to say a prayer and give thanks to the men and women of our military that have lost their lives because they were keeping us safe. Our military is made up of sons and daughters, fiancé’s, husbands, wives, and even some grandmothers and grandfathers. Each one of them is a beloved person to someone.
My experience comes from my fiancée’s death in Afghanistan 2009. I still think of him daily. Before their deaths many experienced horrible physical conditions, human brutality on an unimaginable scale, and a severe loneliness brought on by being separated from loved ones for extended periods of time. So many are affected by the horrible things they must do to survive in a war zone. Just as many are severely affected by the things they are not allowed to do to ease the suffering of the general populace.
Many are redeployed to these hellholes five or more times. Were you aware that 22 veterans a day, A DAY, commit suicide? They have been killed by the war just as surely as someone shot on the battlefield, or blown up by an IED. Our military sacrifice much for us and continue to do so even when they are no longer active duty.
So please, on this Memorial Day, take a moment to honor those who have died; and thank a veteran who is living, for their sacrifices. Semper Fi Chris.
Remembering…that is what the day is all about. Although we should honor our lost men and women in uniform every day, the country and Calumet Park makes a huge effort to show them our love and respect on Memorial Day. Calumet Park Cemetery has a grand tradition each Memorial Weekend and we work with many veteran groups to stage a special moment of respect for those veterans who have passed away. Shown above is the laying of the wreaths in a solemn moment in which to salute the American Veteran.
In my many years working in the death care field, the one truth I have learned is to appreciate those important people in your life…every day. As simplistic as it may sound, God has His plans for each of us, and He does not consult with us regarding when He is going to rip a mom or a dad or a child or a spouse from any of our lives.
Imagine going to work on a Monday morning with the knowledge that your “customers” are, for the most part, there to see you because someone died. Work at an ice cream parlour and everyone you meet is happy. Work at a cemetery or a funeral home and nobody is. So, during this time of year when mothers are honored, and veterans are saluted at cemeteries across this nation, go to the important people in your life and give them a hug…just because.
In fact, when was the last time you told your child or your husband or wife or brother or sister or parents that they are special and that you want to thank them for being a part of your life? If you did give a hug lately, then you know the good feeling you give and that you receive with just a simple touch or a kind word. If you have not involved yourself in such acts of love, try it. You may find that it is a habit worth nurturing.
To all mother’s out there, happy Mother’s Day.
And to all families of veterans that have had their last hurrah, thank you all for your unselfish dedication and sacrifices for your nation.
Dead men and women who wore a military uniform for the protection of all of our rights as a free people…that’s what the weekend is all about! Not hot dogs, or parades or sales at the mall. We honor those who fought and died for this great country – period! And, we do it collectively as a nation on this one day of honor – Memorial Day.
When a mother or father is handed a flag at a funeral, some of the pain is masked by a sense of pride that a son or daughter gave his or her all for his or her country. The solemn process of guns going off in salute, the folding of the flag, a single trumpet masks the heart-wrenching reality of another life taken way too soon. When the sun slowly drops over the horizon and the sky turns to black, every survivor knows all too well how life will go on all around them but life for them