March 2016. Vietnam veterans tell it like it was. Chieu Hoi at Harlem High School in Machesney Park, Illinois. The slideshow above is from Veterans Day 2013. LZ Peace has the only Agent Orange Memorial that's dedicated to those who were killed by Agent Orange. Come out and spend a bit of this Christmas season with us. Wishing for Peace on Earth. Goodwill Toward Men. Get Well Hooorah to our Marine and Vietnam veteran Bill "Skip" Coad, who guards the West Coast. Semper Fi to all and to all a good night. Thank you for your service.
SFC Alan Lee Boyer, Army Green Beret, MIA since March 1968. His remains have been identified. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on June 22, 2016.
Vietnam Veterans Honor Society will host "Operation Evergreen" at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the LZ Peace Memorial. It's located at the Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Rd., Rockford.
There's an 8-foot-tall spruce tree decorated with the names of those in service overseas, said Nick Parnello, president of the V.V.H.S. Students from St. Bernadette Catholic School will put the names on blank dog tags that will be hung by red ribbons on the tree. These tags will be up during the Christmas season. The tree was donated by Brian Long, or as we call him, "Sgt. Santo."
Santa Claus will be flying in and hot chocolate will be served and we'll have some nice entertainment. "This is for families to remember military folks," Mr. Parnello said.
If you have the names of any troops from Winnebago County who are now serving in the military please go to the link at the bottom of this page and send us that information.
Stop out and see the LZ Peace Memorial with the names of over 75 Winnebago county men who were killed in Vietnam. There's a Huey from 'Nam and an Agent Orange Memorial.
Thanks again to the Rockford Register Star and TV stations, and to Kelso-Burnett for providing the "power" to get this done, and to Jeff and Steve. Thanks to everyone for all your help and support all these years.
Thanks to Darrell and Linda Gilgan of for including us in their famous newsletter. Little know fact: Nick Parnello was also the Founding Father of Vietnow. May peace and happiness be with you in this most joyous time of year.
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.
SFC Alan Lee Boyer, an Army Green Beret, missing since 1968, his remains have finally been identified. His mother Dorothy, at the left, holds the POW/MIA flag at a VietNow National convention.
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 for pictures & videos: 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. Thanks.
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 & 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 Plieku
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