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  LZ Peace Memorial @ Midway Village Museum   6799 Guilford Rd.  Rockford, Illinois  

Please join us on Veterans Day, Saturday November 11, 2017 at 11:00a.m. as we honor all America's Veterans.

Our condolences to the family of Jaimie Cox, police officer and veteran.

Thank you to all those who came out on a dreary day to help honor our veterans. We even had a few doggies in attendance. Woof, woof.  There's a surprise at the end.

Memorial Day Ceremony 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 29, 2017

July 11, 2017.  Southwest Airlines, Flight 5658, from Phoenix to Midway. Thanks for your interest in the LZ Peace Memorial, especially to those at the back of the plane. Give us a call or text for a personal tour of our Vietnam Veterans Memorial. We'll even throw in an order of French fries. Did you know there's a link at the bottom of our home page for comments or remarks. Thanks again to all those who were interested, especially Florida State '92, and the rest of the crew for a safe flight home.​

June 14, 2017.  Thank you to  those who attened the Flag Retirement Ceremony at LZ Peace Memorial on Flag Day 2017. Click here for all the photos and videos.  About 30 people attended our Flag Retirement ceremony. Ed (Mr. Marine) McMahon was in charge as Marines usually are. Father and son Daniel (Seabee) Burd and Todd (Senior Chief) Burd were the primary officiants. They also celebrated Father's Day together a few days early. Sierra 6, Charlie 6, John Paddock, Dan Todora, Dan Jensen, Lynn (Sky Capt.) Perry; Toni Cercelli and his wife were there. Oh, Nick Parnello was there too. We even had an Iraqi veteran RVC policeman show up. We missed Jim and Angie White for the first time.


A Special Thanks to Pari Cruz from channel 17/39 and the guys from Channel 23. Thank you for your support.

Jim White, a Gold Star dad dies at age 85.

Jim White, 85, of Rockford passed away Thursday, June 1, 2017, at Fairhaven's Christian Home. Jim was born July 9, 1931; the son of Carl and Mable White. Jim married the love of his life, Angie on May 1, 1954. Jim retired from National Lock after 33 years of service. He and Angie spent winters in Florida for 21 years and traveled to all 50 states.

Beloved Gold Star Dad, Jim White, passed away on June 1st. He failed very rapidly over the last 2 - 3 weeks and died peacefully with Angie and their family by his side.    Jim and Angie's son, Kenneth, was killed in Vietnam in 1969. Jim and Angie were active in the Vietnam Veterans Honor Society and were sources of strength and encouragement and pride at veteran ceremonies held at the LZ Peace Memorial in Midway Village. Rain or shine they were there. 

We'd like to thank the hundreds of people who came out today, Memorial Day, to honor all the brave veterans who have died in service to their country. It was a beatiful day; filled with sunshine, good people, and flags blowing in the breeze. Thanks to our Harley friends for their generous donation and to the anonymous donors. Your help is greatly appreciated.


Thanks also to Martha Barclay, Sierra 6, Charlie 6, Paul Logli, Mr. Marine, Dan our audio specialist, John the Lawyer, Roger Newman, Seabee, Johnny One-Wing, Tony, Pauli and Paul, our firemen friends and many other volunteers. Our photographer took hundreds of pictures. Happy birthday to Terry. And back here we're thinking of our Marine, "Skip Coad," who now guards the West coast from the Heavens above. Semper Fi.

Videos are here          Pictures are here.

If you have a story to tell, or pictures to share, please send them to us. Thanks to all those who came out to honor our Vietnam Veterans. Click below for 100's of pictures and videos.

Dorothy Boyer, mother of SFC Alan Boyer, MIA
SFC Alan Lee Boyer, an Army Green Beret, missing since 1968, his remains have finally been identified. Here's a link to his funeral at Arlington National Cemetery, June 22, 2016. Rest in Peace.
SFC Alan Lee Boyer, U. S. Army Green Beret has been Missing in Action for nearly 48 years. He has now been found. Although some facts are still classified, what we do know is that the DNA from Alan's mother, Dorothy Boyer, and his sister, Judi Boyer Bouchard, which was given many years ago, is a perfect match with that found in the remains given by an "activist for peace" which she had obtained from 3 Lao Nationals, "remains traders". The remains are more than a mere tooth such as was found and ID'd as belonging to Sgt. Brown in 2001. Judi is convinced that the remains are her brother's. Their mother, Dorothy died in 2013.
SFC Alan Boyer, Green Beret
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What is the LZ Peace Memorial?
Gold Star Mothers
Click for 2015 Agent Orange web page
Vietnam veterans names on the Wall
Vietnam Veterans Honor Society president Nick Parnello shows generous donation from our friends, Harley Owners Group, Rock River Chapter, Northern Ilinois.
Marines William A. "Skip" Coad & Ed Palumbo, 1965


Winnebago county veterans
who gave their lives.


  There are over 20,000 veterans living in Winnebago county and thousands of them are Vietnam veterans.


Illinois has over 246,000 Vietnam Era veterans.  


There are over 744,000 veterans of all wars in Illinois as of Sept. 23, 2013.

How It All

Came About

It started on a hill in Pleiku

Joe Falzone and Nick Parnello, two young soldiers from Rockford, met while in Plekiu, South Vietnam in 1969, and they vowed to meet for supper if and when they ever made it back home. They did and here's the rest of the story.

LZ Peace

Sponsored by
Vietnam Veterans Honor Society

The LZ Peace Memorial is a place of honor for those veterans who served our country, in war and in peace. This memorial stands as a testimony to those soldiers from Winnebago County who made the ultimate sacrifice at a time of great conflict. We’re located at Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, in Rockford, Illinois.

Or call Nick Parnello at 815-968-1040

We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and contributions are deductible to the extent of the law.

Thank you.

To donate please send a check to

 Vietnam Veterans Honor Society

P. O. Box 4304
Rockford, IL 61110



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