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.
Thanks to all those who came out on a dreary Veterans Day 2017 to help honor our veterans. We even had some doggies show up. Woof, woof. There's a surprise at the end of the slideshow.
Thanks for your support.
Folding of the flag
Presentation to the family
1:00 p.m. Sunday May 6, 2018
Agent Orange Memorial Ceremony
We'll be adding more names to our Agent Orange Memorial. Please join with us as we honor Vietnam veterans who have died from being exposed to the deadly chemical herbicide we call "Agent Orange." Over 20,000,000 million gallons of this chemical were sprayed in S.outhVietnam. We were told it was harmless. It would be similar to being sprayed with DDT and being told "not to worry. It won't hurt you." It was in our water, in the air, and directly on us. It is the presumptive cause of many deadly diseases: cancer, diabetes, and many diseases we can barely pronounce.
Southwest Airlines Flight 5658 July 11, 2017.
Southwest Airlines, Flight 5658, from Phoenix to Midway. Thanks for your interest in the LZ Peace Memorial, especially to the hardworking flight attendenta at the back of the plane. Give us a call or add a comment below, 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.
Flag Day 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.
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.
Memorial Day May 29, 2017
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.
ay Village. Rain or shine they were there.
How the Agent Orange Memorial
Read the story of how the Agent Orange memorial progressed from being merely a dream to becoming reality, thanks to people like you. It's from the VietNow magazine.
Thanks to our Irish bagpiper and to Annette Lobianco, for her beautiful singing of the national anthem and to all those who attended our Agent Orange ceremony on May 7, 2017.
SFC Alan Lee Boyer, an Army Green Beret, missing since 1968, his remains have finally been identified. Here's a link to pictres of 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.
Click here to see our pictures and videos on SmugMug.com 2016 Memorial Day and Agent Orange. RVC Chieu Hoi, Chieu Hoi at Harlem High. Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2015. Oct. 4, 2015 Agent Orange Ceremony. Ceremonial Bell donated. Dorothy Boyer, Celebration of Life. 4th of July Parade. Flags at Half-Mast.. Memorial Day 2015. Agent Orange Memorial Dedication. Marine Lt. Kathleen McGraw. Thank you for your comittment to LZ Peace Memorial and for supporting American veterans.
What is the LZ Peace Memorial?
Vietnam veterans names on the Wall
Gold Star Mothers
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 and Ed Palumbo, 1965
Winnebago county veterans
who gave their lives.
DID YOU KNOW?
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
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.
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.
To donate please send a check to
Vietnam Veterans Honor Society
P. O. Box 4304
Rockford, IL 61110