Veterans' Day

Village of Orland Park to Host Veterans Day Ceremony November 11
Posted on 10/31/2019

Village of Orland Park to Host Veterans Day Ceremony November 11



ORLAND PARK, IL (October 31, 2019) – The Village of Orland Park will host their annual Veterans Day ceremony on Monday, Nov. 11. Names newly added will be unveiled on the granite walls bordering the village's Veterans Memorial, Ara Pace – Place of Peace, located in the Village Center at 14700 S. Ravinia Ave. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m.

“The village’s ceremony for Veterans Day is a long standing tradition that the village is honored to host,” said Mayor Keith Pekau. “It’s nice to come together as a community to remember all who have served our country.”

Orland Park's veterans memorial displays the engraved names of veterans, living and deceased, from across the country who served in all branches and in all wars. It is during the Memorial and Veterans Day ceremonies that the newly added veterans' names are announced as the veteran and their family and friends stand as they are recognized.

“The community is invited to join us for this important day of observance as we honor our area veterans,” said Pekau. “We have 16 new names to be unveiled on the wall this Veterans Day, each and every one of them representative of someone who deserves our respect and recognition.”

This year’s ceremony will begin with the Presentation of Colors by the American Legion Orland Memorial Post 111 and Orland-Palos Rebber-Tesmond VFW Memorial Post

2604. The Pledge of Allegiance will follow before resident Tina Cucci Fischer performs our national anthem, the Star Spangled Banner.

Darryl Wertheim of the Orland Park Veterans Commission will give a welcome before a blessing by Reverend Don Borling, Pastor of All Saints Lutheran Church in Orland Park.

Orland Junior High School students will take part in a wreath laying before Mayor Pekau reads aloud the names of the 16 veterans newly engraved on the wall.

Congressman Dan Lipinski will serve as the event’s guest speaker. The honor guard’s rifle volley, a customary tradition in which three volleys of shots are fired in honor of deceased veterans, will follow. The event will close with the singing of God Bless America and the retiring of colors.

The Lions of Illinois Foundation will host a free vision and hearing event at the Frederick T. Owens Village Hall parking lot on November 11th from 11am-1pm. The Lions of Illinois Foundation exists to assist in the general improvement of the quality of life of those in Illinois having unmet needs. It is the specific mission of the Foundation to provide quality programs and services to the people of Illinois for the detection, treatment, and rehabilitation of visual and hearing impairments.

Veterans Day originated as "Armistice Day" on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day honors all former military service members. The name of the day of honor was changed to Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Ceremonies are traditionally held on the "11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour," to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War I and Germany at Compiègne, France, for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning.

Questions about the ceremony may be directed to Darryl Wertheim at 708/403-6115.