Here's some of what we do at LZ Peace Memorial
If you'd like to talk with one of the founders, please call Nick Parnello at 815-968-1040.
Every Memorial Day and Veterans Day members of the Vietnam Veterans Honor Society gather together at the LZ Peace Memorial to honor our fallen comrades-in-arms: Our friends, our fathers, our brothers, our fathers.
Joining us are hundred of citizens from the area. Many are veterans themselves. Some served in World War II, some in Korea, and some in Vietnam. Now we have veterans who have served in our latest wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
If I should die, and leave you here awhile be not like others, sore undone,
who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep....
for my sake, turn again to life, and smile...
Nerving thy heart and trembling hand to do something to comfort
other hearts than thine...
Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...
and I, perchance, may therein comfort you.
Davin Lyons widow reveals husband's name on the wall.
Lord hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families for the selfless acts they perform for us in our time of need. Amen.
Mark Lyons speaks about his father, David.
Mark Lyons, the son of Vietnam veteran David Lyons, speaks of memorable moments with his father, including doing dipsy-dos on a submarine. Mark has recently retired after serving 26 years in the U.S. Navy. His father served in Vietnam in 1964-65 as a Navy medical assistant where he was exposed to the deadly chemical, Agent Orange.
Earl Breon, World War II Veteran, with Nick Parnello.
Earl Breon, a World War II veteran pays tribute to all veterans and in turn he was honored by them. He was presented with a Veteran's Pin created by Nick Parnello and given to him by Mike Todryk. He was accompanied by his wife who he met on a blind date while on a 3 day pass. He and his wife will celebrate their 65th Wedding Anniversary on Christmas Day this year. And as you can see, Earl can still fit into his Army uniform. Army Strong. Army Fit.
Sadly, Earl died on January 28, 2013 as the result of an automobile accident.
Another veteran who knew Earl from Boot Camp speaks.
After Earl spoke Nick asked if anyone else would like to speak. To everone's amazement another World War II veteran spoke and it turns out he and Earl were at the same Army camp and were both in the Tank Corps.
It truly is a small world.