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The Wall That Heals

September 27, 2017 @ 12:00 am - October 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

The traveling Vietnam War Memorial and Education Center, in Lake Park.

The Wall That Heals

at the Lake Park Memorial Pavilion
Arrives September 27. On view 24/7 through October 1.
Closing Ceremony: October 1, 2:00p

Click here to watch the You Tube Video 

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

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

Map of the route from McHenry to Des Plaines.

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

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
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

Southeast on Route 120 to Rand Road/Route 12.; South to Quentin Road; South to Route 14/Northwest Hwy; Southeast to Mt. Prospect Road; South to Oakton Street; East to Wolf Road.; South to Howard Avenue; East to Lee Street; South to 2200 Lee Street (Lake Park Memorial Pavilion). The route runs through McHenry, Lakemore, Island Lake, Wauconda, Lake Barrington, Lake Zurich, Barrington, Palatine, Arlington Heights,  Mount Prospect, and Des Plaines. The Wall will travel through each community without stopping, at an average speed of 25 miles per hour. Map of the route.

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, 2017


October 1, 2017


Lake Park Memorial Pavilion

2200 Lee Street
Des Plaines, IL 60018
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