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War memorial to be rededicated as the Edward P. Robinson Community Veterans Memorial on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3
MUNSTER — The Community Veterans Memorial will be rededicated as the Edward P. Robinson Community Veterans Memorial on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3 at 1:30 p.m. in the memorial’s pavilion.
The late Edward P. Robinson retired in 2003 after serving nearly 37 years as Community Hospital’s first administrator. Instrumental in helping to construct the new Community Veterans Memorial Park, he served as a Captain in the United States Air Force for three years, stationed in Korea with the Fifth Air Force. He also was designated as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the U.S. Air Force in 1950.
“This dedication is a fitting tribute to Mr. Robinson, who played an instrumental role in the development of the memorial,” said Donald Powers, president of the Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana, which contributed more than $3 million to build the sculpture park to honor veterans and educate the public. “Mr. Robinson was a man who cared deeply about veterans and had had a passion for history. He believed there is much to learn from the past, helping to develop the history trail that winds through the park.”
The memorial has become a major tourist attraction and an outstanding educational venue in Northwest Indiana. The idea for the memorial was developed in the late1990s when a group of local veterans came together to talk about creating a place that honors the nation’s war heroes. The idea soon grew to include three main goals: to remember, to educate and to challenge. The memorial is located in Munster on the west side of Calumet Avenue, just north of Sheffield Avenue. The public is invited to the Labor Day dedication.