Quilt of Tears Exhibit Comes to Orland Park

Quilt of Tears Exhibit Comes to Orland Park
Posted on 02/03/2020
Quilt of Tears Exhibit Comes to Orland Park

Quilt of Tears Exhibit Comes to Orland Park
The public is invited to attend the event February 6 – 8 at the Orland Park Civic Center


ORLAND PARK,IL (January 21, 2020) – The Quilt of Tears Exhibit, hosted by the Orland Park Veterans Commission, will be held at the Orland Park Civic Center February 6 through 8. The event is intended to bring attention to the needs of those exposed to Agent Orange and other herbicides during military service. The three-day event will include the exhibit, a veterans’ benefits presentation, a candidate forum on veterans’ issues, a military expo and more.


The event kicks off on Thursday, February 6 at 6 p.m. with an opening ceremony which includes posting of colors by Orland-Palos Reber-Tesmond Memorial VFW Post 2604 and the Orland Park American Legion Memorial Post 111, an opening prayer by Pat Rafferty, District 8 Chaplain and a welcome message from Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau.


“Veterans’ needs and their access to appropriate services is a cause that is important to the Village of Orland Park,” said Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau. “The Quilt of Tears Exhibit event brings together veterans and their families for a gathering that includes important information, explanation of available services and the opportunity to ask questions and get immediate responses.”


The Quilt of Tears Exhibit will feature the Agent Orange Quilt of Tears, a collection of handmade quilt patches paying tribute to the victims of Agent Orange exposure.

Day two of the exhibit on Friday, February 7 offers the Quilt of Tears exhibit for visitors to view from 1

p.m. to 9 p.m. In addition, Theresa Hartmann of the Orland Park Veterans Center and Kristi McNichol of the Will County Veterans Commission will be on hand to discuss benefits for veterans. Classes will be offered at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Mayor Keith Pekau will moderate the Candidates Forum on Veterans Issues and Herbicide Legislation from 6-7:30 p.m.


“We are excited about this great event that will hopefully bring more exposure to the need to provide Boots on the Ground status for all Southeast Asia veterans,” said Darryl Wertheim. “Vietnam veterans are not the only veterans exposed to Agent Orange and other herbicides, “explained Wertheim. “It is

known that Agent Orange and other herbicides were used, tested and/or stored throughout Southeast Asia as well as the United States.”

On the final day of the event on Saturday, February 8, the Quilt of Tears Exhibit will open up at 10 a.m. on and conclude at 5 p.m. The Military Expo will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m. Lunch donated by City Barbeque of Orland Park will be served in the Civic Center Annex from 12 – 1 p.m. to the first 200 attendees.  A forum will be held at 1:15 p.m. beginning with a few words from Orland Park Quilt of Tears Event Coordinator Tom Dubelbeis, who will touch on the subject of Veterans Herbicide Exposure. Attorney Ed Farmer will present a When do I Need an Attorney for my VA Claims discussion at 1:45 p.m.


At 2:15 p.m., Orland Park Veterans Center Director Theresa Hartmann will offer her expertise on Veterans Benefits, followed by a presentation about Veterans Suicide by Polytrauma/TBI Nurse Educator from Hines Veterans Administration Hospital.


The closing ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. and will include the Retiring of Colors and closing comments from the event organizer.

All activities are free of charge and open to the public. For more information, contact Orland Park Veterans Assistant Darryl Wertheim at 708/403-6115.