It took 22 years to complete and it'll be here for a long, long time.
How It All Happened.
Joe Falzone, above left, and Nick Parnello, above right, 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.
This led to the creation of the Vietnam Veteran's Supper Club where Vietnam veterans got together once a month for supper and fellowship. They met every month at Maria's Italian Restaurant until Maria's closed on December 31, 2013. They have now relocated to Lino's Restaurant on E. State St. in Rockford.
In 1982 his led to the creation of a veterans group they named VietNow. It has grown into a national organization with about 40 chapters throughout the country.
Shortly after the formation of VietNow, Parnello and Falzone came to the conclusion that there was a need for another organization – an organization that would pay special tribute to those from Winnebago County who had died in Vietnam or were among the missing.
They joined forces with three other Vietnam veterans from Rockford – Tony Bove, Paul Cassioppi and Tony Circelli – to form the Vietnam Veterans Honor Society.
The Vietnam Veteran's Honor Society, founded in 1989 in Rockford, Illinois, honors veterans who served and who have helped other veterans since the Vietnam War.
The long-time project of the Vietnam Veterans Honor Society, the LZ Peace Memorial, was dedicated on Memorial Day 2005. The Wall of Honor with a genuine, flown-in Vietnam, Huey helicopter rests above the Wall of Honor on a 5 acre tract at the Midway Village Museum campus.
Keep scrolling down to see more wide-angle pictures of the memorial during construction.
The LZ Peace Memorial is a lasting tribute to those who died in Vietnam, and a place to honor all veterans who served our country.
After years of work, the LZ Peace Memorial is still short of its long-term building goals. Your contribution at this crucial time will ensure that those who served and died in Vietnam will not be forgotten.
You can donate with a check payable to: Vietnam Veterans Honor Society
P.O. Box 4304
Rockford, Illinois 61110
Vietnam Veterans Honor Society is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and contributions are tax deductible to the extent of the law. Please consult your tax professional for more information.
NOTE: Joe Falzone died in January 2014. Here's a link to an outside website with a story about Joe and his funeral. It opens a new window.