Operation Salute

Operation Salute

Today there are more than 23,000,000 veterans living in the United States. Of this number, approximately 2.9 million are considered disabled in some way from their service. It is incumbent upon us, as Americans, to show respect and honor those who have served our nation honorably, and to care for those who still face physical or emotional challenges as a result of that service.

This fall, First United Methodist Church, along with the Northwest Indiana Veterans Action Council, community and corporate partners will be sponsoring “Operation Salute”, which will address the following goals:
  • To raise community awareness of veterans issues.
  • To provide a venue for the members of the Crown Point community to tangibly show their support for veterans in our area.
  • To raise needed funds that will go to aid veterans in our area.
NWI Veterans Action Council

Operation Salute Events include:


OS Glow GreenOperation Glow Green, beginning October 1

2000 green light bulbs will be distributed to members of the Crown Point community with the intent that they be lit in their windows the week of November 5-November 11 to show support and appreciation to local veterans. The bulbs will be distributed at a number of Crown Point locations at no cost to the public.

OS Feast of Screams

Feast of Screams Halloween Gala, October 21

First United Methodist will host it’s third annual Feast of Screams adult Halloween dinner/dance and silent auction to raise funds for the NWI Veterans Action Council. The funds generated will be earmarked for programs for disabled veterans.

Remembering Our FallenRemembering Our Fallen Traveling Exhibit, Oct 26 – Nov 2

 We are honored and humbled to be able to host the Remembering Our Fallen War Memorial from Wednesday, October 26 – Wednesday, November 2.  Remembering our Fallen is a nationally touring photo-display honoring military service members who have died from wounds suffered in a war zone since Sept. 11, 2011.  The exhibit will be open from 10 am – 7 pm each day.

Honor Rally for Veterans and 5K Benefit, November 5Honor Rally

First United Methodist will host a public rally at the Lake County Fairgrounds to thank veterans from throughout Northwest Indiana. It is our intent to showcase a variety of community groups, as well as speakers, to produce a high quality event. This will be coupled with a community 5 K race (produced by Hometown Happenings) the morning of the rally to raise funds for this project.


OS Football GameBenefit Football Game, November 6

The First Methodist “Monsters of Main Street” football team will challenge a group of veterans from NISOURCE as a fundraiser for the Northwest Indiana Veterans Action Coalition, with the proceeds to be used to aid disabled veterans.

EVENTS (10)Operation Salute Sponsors

We couldn’t do any of this without all of our generous volunteers and sponsors. Some of the people who helped make these events possible are listed here. Thank you SO much!