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Events to honor veterans at 6 locations over 3 days here

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(Revised to add two events)

Saturday: Volunteers sought to decorate veterans graves

On Saturday May 26, 2018 the American Legion Post 170 will be visiting the local cemeteries with the mission of marking all veteransí resting places with an American Flag.

Volunteers from the community are invited to help distribute the flags and pay tribute to the men and women who have served.

To help honor veterans please meet at the Chesterton Cemetery at 9 a.m.

The volunteer teams will visit both Chesterton Cemetery and St. Patrick Cemetery.

Sunday: Service at Chesterton Vietnam Memorial

The Vietnam Veterans of America, Porter County Chapter 905, will hold a Memorial Day service at the Vietnam Memorial in Chesterton, on Sunday, May 27, beginning at 2 p.m.

There will be Color Guards, a bag piper, a bugler and a 21 gun salute. The keynote speaker will be Dr. David Parks. The service is open to the public. The Memorial is located at the corner of State Rd. 49 and Porter Ave., to the south of the ambulance garage.

Monday: Post 170 tells Memorial Day schedule

Chesterton American Legion Post 170 has released the schedule of events for its commemoration of Memorial Day on Monday, May 28.

* 9 a.m. at the cannons and flagpole of Post 170, 798 Wabash Ave.

* 9:30 a.m. at St. Patrick Cemetery, a 21-gun salute.

* 9:45 a.m. at Coffee Creek Park, the laying of a wreath.

* 10 a.m. at the flagpole of Chesterton Cemetery, a full program and the dayís main event.

* 10:45 a.m. at the Vietnam War Memorial, a 21-gun salute.

Monday: Memorial Day event at Hawthorne Park

Porterís Park Department will host a Memorial Day Program at Hawthorne Park to honor fallen servicemen and women, at 1 p.m. Monday, May 28, in front of the Community Center, 500 Ackerman Drive.

Attendees should park near the playground or to the east of the Community Center.

The program will include patriotic songs and reflections as well as feature wreath presentation by representatives of the Tri-Towns and American Legion Post 170.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information please contact Porter Park Director Brian Bugajski at (219) 921-1687 or


Memorial Day events planned at Opera House

Two annual Memorial Day commemorations will be held beginning at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 28, at the Memorial Opera House, 104 Indiana Avenue in Valparaiso.

The ceremony, a family event now in its forty-third year of observance, will feature the shooting of Civil War muskets in a salute to the fallen. Porter County Historian Kevin Pazour will be the presenter in the morning event.

An afternoon concert in the Opera House will present music connected to the military past of the United States. All are welcome. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Opera House was built in 1893 as a memorial to those who fought with the Union armies in the Civil War. A number of years ago, it was elegantly restored and now regularly hosts community theater and other productions.

Sponsoring groups for the events are the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, an organization evolved from the now-gone Grand Army of the Republic, and the Porter County Museum.


Memorial Day film to be screened on Monday at the Dunes Visitor Center

The National Park Service will commemorate Memorial Day with a screening of Heros on Deck, at 2 p.m. Monday, May 28, in the auditorium of the Dorothy Buell Memorial Visitor Center.

The film chronicles the role played by Chicago and Lake Michigan in the training of over 15,000 World War II Navy pilots. Featured in the film is the recovery of some of the more than 100 aircraft that ended up at the bottom of Lake Michigan.

The Visitor Center is located at 1215 N. Ind. 49, about one mile north of I-94.

For information on programs at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, call (219) 395-1882. Or visit



Posted 5/24/2018













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