Village Observes Veterans Day

Village Observes Veterans Day
Posted on 10/31/2013

The Village of Orland Park will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, November 11 at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the Orland Park Veterans Memorial, Ara Pace – Place of Peace, at the Orland Park Village Center at 147th and Ravinia Avenue.

“Orland Park’s Veterans Day Ceremony is the community’s way to publicly thank the many veterans who have bravely served our country,” said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “Everyone is invited to join us for the ceremony as we honor the veterans whose names have been added to the village’s memorial,” the mayor added.

Pastor Don Borling, of Orland Park’s All Saints Lutheran Church, will offer the ceremony’s invocation and McLaughlin will read the names and publicly recognize the 18 veterans and their families whose names have been added to the village’s granite wall since Memorial Day.

Colors will be presented by Orland Park’s local veterans’ organizations, the Reber-Tesmond Orland-Palos VFW Post #2604 and the American Legion Orland Memorial Post #111.

Bagpiper Mike Cotiguala, a Vietnam Veteran, will lead the processional and Desiree Harris of Orland Park will sing the national anthem. Students from Orland Junior High School will walk to the Veterans Memorial and will present a wreath donated by the school. Eighth grade students John Roberts and Olivia Good will lay the school wreath at the memorial.

The Hines VA Hospital Mobile Unit will be at the Orland Park Civic Center parking lot on Veterans Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Personnel will perform minor medical assessments including blood pressure and will also offer information on VA health care. Mobile unit staff will help veterans apply for enrollment in the VA Health Care Program provided the veteran brings DD214 discharge papers.

Light refreshments will be served inside of the Civic Center immediately following the ceremony. Village offices are open on Veterans Day but the Secretary of State's Office in the Village Hall will be closed.