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Memorial Weekend Events at Calumet Park Cemetery….

We hope to see you all at the cemetery over Memorial Weekend.  Following is a list of scheduled events:

May 27, Saturday at 7:00 p.m. – free fireworks show with free hayrides and horse and buggy rides

May 28, Sunday at 1:00 p.m. – veterans memorial service with the American Legion 1st District, Rep. Visclosky to speak

May 29, Monday at 10:00 there will be a Catholic Service, a St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Service, and a Bethel church in Hobart-Portage service

May 29, Monday at 11:30 there will be a SS Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Service

Sale:  20% off all pre-need graves, 15% off all monuments and markers and 25% off the Veteran Memorial Columbarium niches

The sale runs through May 31 so if you are in need of any of these sales items, stop in and see how much you can save by acting now.  Zero interest payment plans available

For directions or if you have any questions, call 219-769-8803

Hope to see you over the weekend.  Be safe and enjoy the unofficial beginning of summer.

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Honoring veterans at Calumet Park Cemetery…

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On the llth hour of the llth day of the 11th month, Calumet Park Cemetery conducted a somber and honorable salute to all veterans.  Pat O’Donnell from WJOB radio (does a regular broadcast called Veterans Views) was the featured speaker.  He was eloquent and forceful in his commentary on the debt owed to all veterans and their families.

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Paul Vogel II opened the remembrance ceremony with some well chosen thoughts on veterans with a short prayer and thank you for those who came out on a perfectly sunny and glorious November day.

Tony, Romeo and Vince Rendina came early to get good seats. All are veterans who have served their nation with great honor.

Tony, Romeo and Vince Rendina came early to get good seats. All are veterans who have served their nation with great honor.

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Stan Turner, Family Service Counselor (in red tie) meets and greets those who shared the morning at the Calumet Park Remembrance Ceremony.

Pat O'Donnell speaks to the veterans in attendance, and to their family and friends.

Pat O’Donnell speaks to the veterans in attendance, and to their family and friends.

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Harry and John, two of the areas top supporters of “all things veteran related”.

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Daniel Moran, GM and Matt Hahn, one of Calumet Park’s finest.

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Paul Vogel, CEO of Calumet Park Cemetery, with long time friends, the Rendina brothers.

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Veterans Mike Tomandi (Army/Korea) and Vince Rendina (Army/WWII and Korea) in pose in front of a deuce and a half.

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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 Indiana soldiers who paid the ultimate price in the jungles of Vietnam.

Thanks to all who showed their appreciation by coming out for the Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony.  If you have any questions on future events honoring our military, feel free to call 219-769-8803 and visit us here on facebook and at our website:  calumetparkcemetery.com

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If you are considering cremation, ask about our newest addition to the Vet Section, the Veteran Memorial Columbarium…a place of final rest for veterans and their families. John Rassbach told us to build one and they will come. We built it and John was the first to sign up.

 

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Mark your calendars…

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The “invisible veterans” …

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What comes to mind when you hear the word “veteran”?

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After a random survey, many people visualized old men talking about the big one, WWII.  They see stubbly faced men with eyes that have seen more than a person should see, and memories of deeds that were done that will be locked in their minds, never to be revealed.

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They see Vietnam vets as the forgotten warriors, and Korean vets as seen through all the years of the TV show “Mash”.  Mostly, though, the general consensus is that a vet is a man, whether survivors of the Battle of the Bulge or from any of the mid-east conflicts that are still taking lives of Americans as these words are being written.

Women who have served in the U.S. military are often referred to as “invisible veterans” because their service contributions until the 1970’s went largely unrecognized by politicians, the media, academia and the general public.

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However, women have formally been a part of the U.S. Armed Forces since the inception of the Army Nurse Corps in 1901.  Informally, women have served since the inception of our nation’s military.

In fact, during the American Revolution, women served on the battlefield alongside their men, mainly as nurses, water bearers, cooks, laundresses, and saboteurs.  Despite Army regulations that only men could enlist, women who wanted to join in the fighting circumvented the rules by masquerading as young men.  Several hundred women are estimated to have donned such disguises during the Civil war.

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While female spies had become common during the Civil War, by far the most significant contributions made by women were in the fields of health care and medicine.  Despite the remarkable efforts of these women, military leadership was still not ready to accept them as an integral part of the military medical service.   In fact, after the war ended in 1865, the Army returned to using enlisted men for patient care and the female nurses were sent home.

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In all, records indicate that 1,500 hundred women served in the Spanish-American war, 10,000 plus in WWI, 400,000 plus in WWII, 120,000 in Korea, 7,000 in the Vietnam era, 41,000 in the Persian Gulf War and Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi  Freedom has had 200,000 plus women soldiers and sailor and marines and airmen (air women??).  Of the 779,500 or so women who participated during wartime periods, 575 were killed in action, which means 778,925 women went home as living, breathing veterans.

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Hardly invisible.   And these numbers do not take into consideration all the women who have worn the uniform during non-war times.  Sadly, there are not too many years that such a category exists in our 239 year history as a nation.  An educated estimate of total women who earned the right to be called a veteran is currently about 1.8 million.

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Presently, women have become an integral part of the military, from simple soldiers to commanders and pilots and more.  The invisible have become highly visible and serve alongside their brothers in arms with honor and courage and should never, ever be taken for granted.  So, at this time of the year when veterans are being honored from coast to coast, from the smallest of towns to our great cities, remember that women are willing to pay the price of your freedom, and should be thanked and appreciated all 365 days of the year.

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Calumet Park and its affiliates have put together a financial program of complimentary goods and services, and substantial discounts, to all veterans that can produce an honorable discharge, whether the need is immediate or set up as a prearrangement.  In fact, for a complete cemetery and funeral package, a veteran can save over $5,500 from what a non-vet would pay for the exact same arrangements.

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This program is only offered through Calumet Park Cemetery and is worth a veteran’s coming in for a look-see on how the owners of Calumet Park Cemetery have put their money where their mouth is.  Call 219-769-8803 for details, or stop in for a no-obligation estimate on what your investment might be to have such decisions behind you.  And remember, Calumet Park never charges interest on pre-need programs.

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To all veterans, men and women alike, you have the undying gratitude of your friends here at Calumet Park Cemetery, Calumet Park Funeral Chapel and Rendina Funeral Home.

 

 

 

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More important than you think…

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For some people, working at a cemetery seems downright weird, and even morbid. I have even had relatives ask me if I am tired of digging graves which is usually said tongue-in-cheek. Or is it?

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Truth be told, I do love my work. There are a lot of cemeteries and funeral homes in Lake and Porter Counties, and they are all staffed with caring and truly good people. In fact, most funeral directors and cemeterians that I have come to know since I met with my first family to help with their cemetery arranges back in 1988 would do the work for free if they did not have financial obligations.

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We do our best to be empathetic and professional when working with families who either want to make prearrangements or have to meet with us to make arrangements due to an immediate loss in their lives.
How do you write an upbeat column in an upbeat BLOG about a parent who just lost a child to drugs, or a cop showing up at your door to tell you that your wife was killed in a car accident? All parents who have ever had a child go off to war prays to never get “the knock”.

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Stop right now and think of the hole that would be left in the lives of your loved ones if God decided today was your day. You are more important than you can possibly imagine, even when you may not feel that important. Lives change dramatically when a death occurs, and someone has to be there to help those left behind make the immediate transition from wife to widow…from child to orphan?

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No matter how many people surround a new widow at the passing of a beloved spouse, all the decisions that must be made in a very short time are decisions wrapped in questions that she will have to make. Would he have wanted a public funeral service with all the trappings or would he have wanted a private, personal goodbye with just immediate family present? Would he want a casket made of wood or metal? What cemetery would he have wanted to be buried at? Or would he have wanted to be cremated and blown to the wind? How much will it all cost? Where will the money come from? What guilt feelings will regulate my decisions in these matters?

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There is no discrimination as to age, sex or situation in life when the grim reaper does his dirty work. It is because of the many decisions that must be made that so many of us have decided to work in this business as it is in our power to help our friends, neighbors and family navigate through all the legal requirements of getting a person officially out of the book of life and put in what some have called a repository of bodies, or simply put, in a permanent and final resting place.

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Speaking for our staff of friendly Family Service Counselors and Funeral Directors at Calumet Park and Rendina Funeral Home, we love helping families during their time of need. Even more satisfaction comes when we are able to educate families on all that is involved in these end-of-life decisions, and then help prearrange for the inevitable. We get to help families save money by freezing the price. We get to help families “charge it” with a minimal amount down and never a penny of interest when prearranged. We get to help people arrange what is right for them by showing them available options and respecting their decisions without trying to push them in any direction that would not be good for them.

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So, writing an article that is upbeat on such a downbeat topic is difficult, but knowing that an education in funeral and cemetery arrangements is truly a gift to those who will take the time and courage to meet with us before a time of need is satisfying in its own right.

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I invite you to call or stop in at your convenience to find out for yourself what is available at Calumet Park and its affiliates. Both the cemetery and funeral home are recognized nationally as being outstanding in all ways and maybe it is time for you to see for yourself. A tour of Calumet offers a chance to eliminate many of your fears about cemeteries and funeral homes, and if you feel you could benefit by getting your burial estate in order, we would be more than privileged to be of service. Call 219-769-8803 and like us on facebook at mycalumetpark.

Equal under God, and the blood of our great uniformed protectors…Calumet Park and Rendina welcomes all in their time of need.

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In a word, Calumet Park Cemetery is about family…

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Some will see a soldier on bended knee, rifle in hand, praying before a cross. For the families that joined together in 1928 to open this cemetery, family and freedom were not idle words spoken lightly. Just nine years before, the Versailles Treaty ended World War I.

A total of 16.5 million people died in what was called “the war to end all wars”, and over 20 million were wounded. Over six million of the dead were civilians. Pretty much every person on the planet was affected by a few power hungry individuals dishonoring the rights of all people regarding freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly, right of petition, the right to bear arms, equal justice and the right to own property.

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And when those rights get tampered with, American families are willing to give up some of their own family members to protect the rights of the many. Do you remember how you felt on 9/11?

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Families! Calumet Park and Rendina Funeral Home are all about the family. Calumet Park is the final resting place of tens of thousands of people, and it is still family owned and operated. This family cemetery is watched over as you watch over your children, with love and respect and care unlike any other cemetery in NW Indiana. After all, the families of the founders are here.

 Know this...you are loved and will be remembered all the days of our lives.

Know this…you are loved and will be remembered all the days of our lives.

Call us now or come in to see if Calumet Park Cemetery is right for your family. (219-769-8803)  Although the focus has always been in helping families during their time of greatest need, there has always been a special place in the hearts of the Calumet Park’s owners and staff for veterans, and Cal Park has tremendous savings programs for them all year, either at the time of need or on a pre-need basis.

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To Jan:  It’s 5 o’clock somewhere…

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Memorial Day at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville, Indiana…

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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.

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Jordon Genetski shares her beautiful voice with the folks at Calumet Park’s 2015 Memorial Day Remembrance Celebration.

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Tim McClure, Grounds Superintendant

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Veteran Memorial Columbarium – a permanent resting place for cremain ashes

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Jordon shared two beautiful songs using her God given talent and a voice that speaks to angels.

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Merrillville High School Bank…always excellent.

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Barry Veden speaking to those gathered to honor the troops of the Battle of the Bulge

Barry Veden speaking to those gathered to honor the troops of the Battle of the Bulge

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Battle of the Bulge local survivors, left to right: Warren Goodlad, Loumar Tinez, Bob Anders, Joe Urban, Caroll Austin, Ed Boer, Max Beier, Roger Holloway (kneeling) Barry Veden.

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I double dog dare ya to come out to the veterans appreciation event at Calumet Park Cemetery

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From the movie “Christmas Story”

I double dog dare ya to join with your friends and neighbors to honor veterans on Tuesday morning at 10:00.  This hour of appreciation will take place at Calumet Park Cemetery at the corner of Taft and 73rd in Merrillville, IN., which is 1 mile north of Route 30 on Taft.  Tell your friends and join with us to show our appreciation to all veterans, living and dead.  Your men and women in uniform made sure of our freedoms, no matter what the weather.  So, brave it and come out for an hour tomorrow.  You will help a lot of veterans feel appreciated and I guaranty you will drive away with a good, old fashioned patriotic feeling of pride and strength.  See you there.

33% special veterans discount on the new Veteran Memorial Columbarium, a bank of cremation niches for permanent placement, above aground…in the veterans section.

 

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Tuesday at Calumet Park Cemetery in Merrillville – tribute to veterans at 10:00 a.m.

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The things we take for granted are the things that others are praying for.

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