Village of Orland Park To Observe Veterans Day

Village of Orland Park To Observe Veterans Day
Posted on 11/05/2014

The Village of Orland Park will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Tuesday, November 11 at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the Orland Park Veterans Memorial, Ara Pace – Place of Peace, at the Orland Park Village Center at 147th and Ravinia Avenue.

“Orland Park’s Veterans Day Ceremony is the community’s way to publicly thank the many veterans who have bravely served our country,” said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “Everyone is invited to join us for the ceremony as we honor the veterans whose names have been added to the village’s memorial,” the mayor added.

Pastor Don Borling, of All Saints Lutheran Church, will offer the ceremony’s invocation and McLaughlin will read the names and publicly recognize the 13 veterans and their families whose names have been added to the village’s memorial since Memorial Day.

Among the new names added are Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Charles George (KIA Korea) and US Army Captain Ronald L. Zinn, a 1957 Sandburg High School grad, two time US Olympian, West Point graduate and Orland Park’s first casualty in Vietnam.

Students from Orland Junior High School will perform a wreath laying ceremony and Tom Cameron is the soloist for the ceremony.

Colors will be presented by Orland Park’s local veterans’ organizations, the Reber-Tesmond Orland-Palos VFW Post #2604 and the American Legion Orland Memorial Post #111. Bagpiper Mike Cotiguala, a Vietnam Veteran and Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Honor Guard member, will lead the processional.

Light refreshments will be served inside of the Civic Center immediately following the ceremony.