Orland Park Veterans Commission to Host Family-Friendly Military Expo May 7

Orland Park Veterans Commission to Host Family-Friendly Military Expo May 7
Posted on 04/12/2017

The whole family is invited to attend the Village of Orland Park Veterans Commission's first-ever Military Expo on Sunday, May 7 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 Ravinia Avenue.

The day offers something for everyone, as the collectibles show returns with a variety of military items on display with many available for purchase. New additions to the expo include area vet support groups and organizations. Children will be able to meet service dogs from PAWWS (Paws Assisting Wounded WarriorS) and interact with mini therapy horses from Merciful Minis.

"The Orland Park Military Expo is a patriotic event for the entire family," said Orland Park Veterans Program Assistant Tom Dubelbeis. "There will be many dealers showcasing their collections available for purchase and information about many other service organizations."

The collectibles sale runs 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and features over 20 area dealers displaying and selling. Items include uniforms, decorations, field gear, books, photos and other items from the Civil War to present. Guests are encouraged to bring in military items for appraisal or to learn more about the item.

"It's our hope that our dealers and public will continue to be supportive as we forge ahead and evolve this annual event into a bigger and better event," said Veterans Commissioner Darryl Wertheim.

Families can meet PAWWS service dogs from 10 - 11 a.m. and Merciful Minis therapy horses from 11 - noon, both inside the Civic Center.

Outside the Civic Center located at the south parking lot, guests can see different military vehicles used during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

"It's a fun way for kids to see these pieces of military history," said Wertheim "The day is not only for veterans, but also for family members to know what veteran support is out there."

Area military service organizations attending the expo include Vet Tech, Veterans Garage, American Legion Post 111, Orland-Palos VFW Post 2604, Will County Veterans Assistance Commission, Aishling Companion Home Care, PAWWS, Merciful Minis, and the Orland Park Library.

The expo will have popcorn and refreshments available for purchase, and guests that bring in a copy of the expo flyer or release will receive free popcorn.

Those who may have military memorabilia items they no longer want can also donate the memorabilia to the village's history museum.

The Orland Park Civic Center is located at 14750 South Ravinia Avenue, one block west of LaGrange Road. Admission for the show is $5 for adults, $3 for veterans and seniors, and children under 12 are free.

Vendors interested in participating either as a dealer or service organization can contact Darryl at (708) 254-7303.

For more information about the expo to donate unwanted military items to the village's history museum, contact the Orland Park Veterans Commission at (708) 403-6115.