Village Continues Military Concert Series With June 12 Flag Day Event

Village Continues Military Concert Series With June 12 Flag Day Event
Posted on 06/02/2016

The Village of Orland Park continues its Military Concert Series on Sunday, June 12 with its Flag Day Concert featuring the Encore Concert Band. The free 2 p.m. concert will be held at Crescent Park adjacent to the 143rd Street train station.

“We opened the series in May with our Armed Forces Day Concert with the Southwest Community Concert Band,” said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “We are celebrating Flag Day two days early on June 12 and invite everyone to enjoy another patriotic concert.”

Hosted by the village’s Veterans Commission, the concert will feature Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Allen Lynch.

“We are very excited to welcome Mr. Lynch to Orland Park,” the mayor said. “He has spent most of his life helping veterans and I know that veterans and everyone else will enjoy hearing him speak.”

Lynch is a native of Porter County, Indiana, Lynch and joined the United States Army in 1964. During a firefight in Vietnam in December, 1967, Lynch rescued three wounded soldiers and stayed behind to protect them when the rest of the company withdrew. He single handedly defended the wounded men against enemy attack until they were evacuated. President Richard Nixon presented the Medal of Honor in 1970.

After the war, Lynch lived in Gurnee, Illinois and worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs. He later served as chief of the Illinois Attorney General’s Veterans Rights Bureau until his retirement in 2005. Lynch has volunteered for a number of Vietnam Veteran organizations and is a frequent speaker at military related events.

In 2014, the Village of Orland Park was named a commemorative partner for the Vietnam War Commemoration planned by the United States Department of Defense. The department has been observing the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War during the commemorative period of 2015 to 2017.

As a commemorative partner, the Village of Orland Park has and will continue to host Vietnam related events during the commemorative period, 2015 to 2017. These events, held across the country, recognize, thank and honor Vietnam Veterans and their families.

Tom Dubelbeis serves as recording secretary for the village’s Veterans Commission and coordinated the June 12 event.

“It is fitting to have a Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient as our guest speaker and special guest,” Dubelbeis said.

The Encore Concert Band is a community-based performance ensemble, comprised of more than 60 musicians from the south and west suburbs. Founded in 1999 by Music Director Bill Schuetter, the band performs throughout the year throughout the Chicagoland area. The musicians perform a variety of genres, from the classics to Broadway hits. The Encore Concert Band is a member of the Association of Concert Bands.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, umbrellas, snacks and beverages.

On Sunday, August 7, the Village of Orland Park will host its Welcome Home Concert for Vietnam Veterans. This show will feature a Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Band and will be held during the Taste of Orland Park beginning at 1 p.m.

Further information about the Village of Orland Park and its Veterans Commission is available on the village’s website at and by calling 708/403-6115.