Village Vets Commission To Host Steak Fry

Village Vets Commission To Host Steak Fry
Posted on 07/25/2012

The Village of Orland Park Veterans Commission will hold its 13th Annual Steak Fry for all Orland Park veterans on Sunday, September 23, 2012. The 1:00 p.m. event will be held at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 South Ravinia Avenue.

"We congratulate the village's Veterans Commission for hosting this event every year for the last thirteen," said Orland Park Mayor Dan McLaughlin. "This is a great opportunity for Orland Park veterans to gather for a meal and enjoy each other's company," the mayor added.

Tickets are $10.00 per person and include dinner and beverages, limit two per person. Beer, wine and soft drinks are included in the ticket price. Tickets will be available after August 1 at the cashier's window in Orland Park's Frederick T. Owens Village Hall, 14700 South Ravinia Avenue.

"The steak fry dates well back into military history," said Veterans Commission Chair Phil Bell. "When serving overseas, it was always a treat to be able to sit down and enjoy a steak," he added. "This is why the Veterans Commission does this each year, to bring back the camaraderie of enjoying a meal with the members of your unit," he explained.

The Steak Fry is open to Orland Park veterans only. If a non-resident is a member of an Orland Park military organization, i.e., the Orland Memorial American Legion Post #111 or the Orland-Palos Reber-Tesmond Veterans of Foreign Wars #2604, a membership card must be presented to purchase tickets.

"All veterans living in Orland Park are invited to attend the village's steak fry," said Veterans Commission Recording Secretary Gail Blummer. "It's always a wonderful event because veterans of all ages can relate to one another through their shared bond of having served this great nation," she said.

This year, the village's Veterans' Commission will host the Illinois Patriot Guard Fallen Hero Traveling Memorial Wall at the Civic Center. It will be on display on September 23 at the Orland Park Civic Center from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Everyone is invited to visit the memorial wall, including those not attending the steak fry.

"The Village of Orland Park is proud to host the Illinois Fallen Heroes Traveling Wall," McLaughlin said. "This memorial is a poignant reminder of every Illinois service member who has made the ultimate sacrifice for our country," the mayor said.

Initiated and completed by Gold Star Families and members of the Illinois Patriot Guard Riders, the wall includes the names, portraits, hometown, rank and date of death of military heroes from Illinois who have fallen while or as a result of supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn (the present-day battle in Afghanistan).

Orland Park veterans must purchase steak fry tickets in advance, available after August 1, as they will not be available at the door.

There is no charge to view the Illinois Fallen Heroes Traveling Wall, details about which can be found at

For more information, call Gail Blummer at 708/403-6203.

Illinois Patriot Guard Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall