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The Wall That Heals

September 27 @ 10:00 am - October 1 @ 3:00 pm

The Vietnam War Memorial will be in Lake Park through October 1.

The Wall That Heals

arrives September 27 at the Lake Park Memorial Pavilion

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The Wall That Heals is a traveling half-size replica of Vietnam Wall in Washington D.C.  It will be erected at the Lake Park Memorial Pavilion, 2200 Lee Street, in Des Plaines, and will be open to the public day and night beginning on the evening of September 27 through the closing ceremony on the afternoon of October 1. Map and directions

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​Find the location of family, and friends on the Wall before you arrive.

Opening Ceremony

September 28, 5:00p
Participants Include:
The Emerald Society Chicago Police Department Pipes & Drums Corps.
Color Guard – St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy
Singer: Jeff Blume
Deacon James Ernst
Guest Speaker: General James Mukoyama,
Buglers Across America, and other remembrances.

Friday, September 29, 5:00p
Ceremony presenting an opportunity for organizations, groups, families, and individuals to present flowers and wreaths in memory of individuals, or on behalf of all Vietnam Veterans. For additional information, please contact Tony Arredia: 847-774-4622.

Saturday, September 30, 7:00p
Candle Light Ceremony.
Color Guards, Singer, U.S. Army Chaplin Captain Father Matt Foley, Guest Speaker.
Huey helicopter flyover, and reading of local names from Lake Park Memorial Pavilion Wall.
Closing: Taps.

Sunday, October 1, 2:00p
Closing Ceremony remembering Vietnam Veterans who died because of the War, but not in Vietnam. To remember a family member during the event please contact Mike at 224-425-8124.

A Morning Ceremony will be held each day at 8:00a,
by Des Plaines American Legion POST 36.


The Wall That Heals

The Wall That Heals

The Wall That Heals


“The Wall That Heals” measures 250 feet long. It travels across America throughout the year.
The exhibit also provides an educational experience for schools and organizations, to familiarize their groups with the history of the Vietnam Era.

The Wall Includes
–Digital photos, names of Servicemen & Service Women listed on Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C.
–Letters and memorabilia left at the Wall in Washington, D.C.
–A map of Vietnam
–Chronological overview of the Vietnam War.

The Des Plaines Veterans are again bringing The Wall That Heals to the area. The cost of bringing the traveling wall to the Lake Park Memorial Pavilion is $7,500. As in past visits, tremendous support from the community has made the event possible. The goal is to raise $20,000 for support and organizational expense. Bringing the Wall to our community spreads its healing legacy to NE Illinois. The Wall’s impact on veterans, loved ones and younger generations brings honor to the more than 58,000 who fell in Vietnam.

The Wall That Heals will be escorted from McHenry VFW POST on September 27, 10:00a. The Motorcycle Honor Guard is provided by American Legion Riders, Patriot Guard Riders, Iron Justice, and State & Local Police Departments.

The Route

Rt.120 to south on Rand Rd., to Quentin Rd., then Northwest Hwy., to Mt. Prospect Rd., east on Oakton St., south on Wolf Rd., east on Howard to Lee Street and south to the Memorial Pavilion. Traveling through McHenry, Lakemore, Island Lake, Wauconda, Lake Barrington, Lake Zurich, Barrington, Palatine, Arlington Heights,  Mount Prospect and Des Plaines. Traveling speed average approximately 25 miles per hour. Escorted through each community without stopping.

Donations gratefully accepted. Make checks payable to VFW POST 2992 (Please indicate The Wall or TWTH on note line)
Mail to: VFW POST 2992, P.O. Box 1702, Des Plaines, Illinois 60017

There is still time to volunteer. Please contact Mike at 224-425-8124

For additional information, please contact:
Steven Polit



September 27


October 1


Lake Park Memorial Pavilion

2200 Lee Street
Des Plaines, IL 60018
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