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

01-23-19 Leonard Kellar Medal of Honor2.

Here's a link to WREX-TV coverage of the dedication.

Here's a link to the Rockford Register Star's coverage.


Due to snow and cold weather the ceremony to honor Leonard Keller has been rescheduled to Monday, February 4, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Leonard was a Vietnam veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. He grew up in Cherry Valley and went to Cherry Valley grade school and Guilford high school and went into the Army.


Notice to friends in the Rockford, Belvidere area, there will be a dedication of the gymnasium at the new Cherry Valley Elementary School on S. Perryville Rd, about a quarter mile south of Harrison and S. Perryville Road. Or for you bikers, it's just down the road from Kegel's, the greatest Harley dealer in the world. (This editor's opinion.). The new date is Monday, February 4, 2019 at 4:00 pm.


The dedication is to honor of Sgt. Leonard Keller for his bravery above and beyond the call of duty while serving in Vietnam in 1967. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery.  Leonard is no longer with us as he was killed in 2009 in a Harley motorcycle accident in Florida. His daughters are still in the area, so come on out, share this dedication with the family of an American Hero. For more information about this great American hero you can click this link. Leonard Keller Medal of Honor

Operation Evergreen 2016 Slideshow

Click here to see pictures and videos from "2018 Memorial Day" and "For Whom the Bell Tolls." There  are 10 videos and 100's of pictures.

Where were you in March 1969?

Dick "Boonie" Dahl was in Vietnam. Read his story, "A Day in the Life of a Grunt."

Bill "Skip" Coad: A Marine's Funeral, May 8, 2016

2018 Memorial Day Observance

Monday, May 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 8:30 p.m.

On Sunday night, May 27 at 8:30 p.m. the pictures of our fallen heroes will be projected on the Wall of Honor. On Monday morning, at 11:00 a.m. we'll be honoring and remembering all veterans who died in America's wars. Please join with us. We hope to see you there. The Huey will be open for inspection so bring your kids and grandkids. The LZ Peace Memorial is a sight to behold.

2018 Agent Orange Memorial Ceremony

Sunday May 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
Agent Orange Memorial Ceremony

Once a year in the summer, we come together to honor and remember those Vietnam veterans who have died from the effects of Agent Orange. Today it’s Grant Fisher, Larry Jackson, Ron Locarno, Clarence Nygren, Donald Steffen, Michael Daugherty, Roger Campbell, Charles Wolfe and James Biesiadecki. They weren’t killed in the war but Vietnam is what killed them. One day they’re listening to the iconic “Paint It Black” and the next day it’s “Taps” blowin’ in the wind. Click here for tons of pictures and a video of a 21-shot volley and Marine Don Allen blowing "Taps."  Thank you all and God Bless America.

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 attendant, who graduated from Florida State, who showed us how to put on our personal flotation devices, and sat with us at the back of the plane. Give us a call or send us a comment below about getting 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 all your 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.​

Click here to read more.
What is the LZ Peace Memorial?
Vietnam veterans names on the Wall
Gold Star Mothers
Click for 2015 Agent Orange web page
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.


  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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