In observance of Veterans Day/Armistice Day, Wednesday, November 11, the Munster VFW Post 2697 is planning a short ceremony at the Edward P. Robinson Community Veterans Memorial Park.
Beginning at 10:45 a.m., Munster VFW Post 2697 will host the brief gathering at the park, located at 9710 Calumet Avenue. The ceremony will conclude with a traditional 21-minute-gun salute and the playing of Taps.
In addition, the VFW Commander will be conducting flag retirement at 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 7 (rain date November 14) behind the Vietnam monument. People can drop off their tattered and worn flags for proper disposal.
The 6.5 acre memorial has become a major tourist attraction, and commemorates the sacrifices and achievements of veterans of major military conflicts that shaped the 20th Century. The idea for the memorial was developed in the late 1990s when a group of local veterans came together to talk about creating a place that honors the nation’s war heroes. The final design encompasses three main goals: to remember, to educate and to challenge.
The park is located just 2.5 miles south of I-80/94 on the west side of Calumet Avenue, just north of Sheffield Ave. It is open dawn to dusk and the Veterans Day activities will be held rain or shine. There is no charge to visit the park. To learn more or to purchase an honorary brick for the park, visit www.CommunityVeteransMemorial.org.