A Salute to Veterans
"On Veterans Day, put out your flags, cheer the marchers at parades and go to tributes.
But when you wake up the next day, Nov. 12, remember that it’s still Veterans Day
for our veterans — and it will be every day of their lives."
— Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)
While visiting Chicago Southland during Veterans Day, make certain to take a moment out of your day and attend any one of these events to thank a veteran.
Veterans Day Events
Thursday, November 10th
DINNER & CAKE FOR VETERANS AT J. J. KELLEY'S RESTAURANT
J. J. Kelley's
2455 Bernice Road, Lansing
Celebrate USMC Birthday and Veterans Day at J. J Kelley's, where all Veterans will receive a complimentary dinner from followed by the USMC Birthday Cake Cutting Ceremony and Program.
VETERANS DAY CONCERT: FRANKFORT
Hickory Creek Middle School
22150 116th Avenue, Frankfort
join the Hickory Creek Middle School Tiger Band in a salute to Veterans Day. Mayor Holland will narrate the concert.
Veterans Day Events
Friday, November 11th
VETERANS DAY CEREMONY: TINLEY PARK
Veterans Plaza, 80th Avenue Train Station
18001 South 80th Avenue, Tinley Park
Celebrate Veterans Day with the Veterans Commission at this ceremony to recognize those who have served in the armed forces of the U.S.
VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION: OLYMPIA FIELDS
Sgt. Means Park
20712 Western Avenue, Olympia Fields
Honor our Military members who are both active and veterans. Light refreshments and entertainment will be provided.
VETERANS DAY CEREMONY: SOUTH HOLLAND
Veterans Memorial Park
450 East 160th Place, South Holland
VFW Post 9964 will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Park, 160th Place and South Park Avenue.
COMPLIMENTARY LUNCH FOR VETS AT GRANITE CITY FOOD & BREWERY
Granite City Food & Brewery
14035 South LaGrange Road, Orland Park
On Veteran's Day, present your military ID to receive a complimentary lunch to our vets as a thanks for serving our country.
VETERANS REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY: PALOS PARK
VFW Memorial/Recreation Center
8901 West 123rd Street, Palos Park
Remembrance Ceremony will take place at the VFW Memorial followed by a luncheon and patriotic entertainment. Lunch will be free to Veterans, $10 for others. Call to reserve your spot.
VETERANS EAT FREE AT ALLGAUER'S RESTAURANT
Allgauer's Restaurant (DoubleTree by Hilton Chicago-Alsip)
5000 West 127th Street, Alsip
In honor of Veterans Day, buy one entree and get the second meal of equal or less value Free when you present a Military ID.
VETERANS DAY CELEBRATION: PALOS HILLS
Town Square Park
8455 West 103rd Street, Palos Hills
Please join us as we remember the sacrifices of all the services members who have fought and continue to fight in our nation's conflicts. Program will be approximately 30 minutes and will be held outside, weather permitting.
Chicago Southland Memorials
Please take a moment of silence at any Chicago Southland Memorials to pay respect to those who fought hard for our freedom.
Most of these memorial locations are open every day of the week from dawn to dusk.
11801 South Pulaski
Public park-like setting dedicated to the Veterans and Heroes of our nation
VFW POST 450 IRAQI MEMORIAL
11800 South Cicero Avenue
This is a memorial for troops lost in Operation Iraqi Freedom & Operation Enduring Freedom.
BEECHER COMMUNITY VETERANS MEMORIAL
Southwest corner of Reed & Hodges Streets
The memorial includes the flags of all branches of the military service, featuring a 25-foot stainless steel star allowing those peering into the star to see themselves as a veteran or a beneficiary of other's service and sacrifice.
CIVIL WAR & MILITARY LEGACY
12804 Highland Avenue
This memorial is dedicated to the 50+ men from Blue Island who served in the Union armies.
CHICAGO HEIGHTS VETERANS MEMORIAL
Northwest corner of Lincoln Highway & Chicago Road
Although the memorial dates back to 1922, the present day mural was completed in 2010 and features figures of five service members, an eagle and inscription that reads "Honoring Those Who Have Served."
LANSING VETERANS MEMORIAL
3250 Bob Malkas Drive
The Lansing Veterans Memorial, located at the Lansing Municipal Airport, is a striking tribute to the veterans of all recent wars but especially commemorating the Vietnam Conflict.
OAK FOREST VETERANS MEMORIAL
15440 South Central Avenue
The memorial's steel, five point star represents the branches of military service. The angle of the star reminds us of those who perished in the line of duty. The memorial also includes commemorative headstones of the first seven Oak Forest residents who died in combat.
FIRST RESPONDERS MEMORIAL
Oak Lawn - Patriot Station
9525 South Tulley Avenue
This memorial incorporates over twelve tons of steel and concrete from the World Trade Center disaster and features bronze sculptures by Artist Erik Blome.
OAK LAWN VETERANS MEMORIAL
Oak Lawn Public Library
9427 South Raymond Avenue
This memorial features a polished black stone wall dedicated to all veterans and displays the names of all Oak Lawn residents who died serving their country.
VILLAGE OF ORLAND PARK VETERANS MEMORIAL
Ara Pace - Place of Peace
14700 South Ravinia Avenue
Each Memorial and Veterans Day, the village's Veterans Commission adds the names of veterans to the granite wall surrounding Orland Park's Veterans Memorial, "Ara Pace ~ Place of Peace." Remembered military need not be residents of the Village of Orland Park or deceased. Veterans from throughout the region have been honored by family and friends as they proudly rise when their name is called at the village's Memorial and Veterans Day Ceremonies.
PALOS HEIGHTS 9/11 AND VETERANS MEMORIAL
7607 West College Drive
These symbolic memorials are dedicated to those who lost their lives in the tragic events on September 11, 2001 and to all veterans.
PALOS HILLS VETERANS MEMORIAL
8455 West 103rd Street
This is a salute to the five branches of the Armed Forces with a Memorial brick walkway honoring those who have served. Veterans Day ceremony held each year in November.
VILLAGE OF PALOS PARK VFW MEMORIAL AND BLUE STAR MARKER
8901 West 123rd Street
SOUTH HOLLAND VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK
160th Place & South Park Avenue
A stunningly serene park that features two war memorials, a lovely brick-paved promenade, two gazebos, pond, kids playground, ball fields, concession building and more.
TINLEY PARK VETERANS MEMORIAL
80th Avenue Train Station
18001 South 80th Avenue
The Tinley Park Veterans Memorial features benches along a parkway and is dedicated to Village Trustee Pat Rea, a retired U.S. Army Brigadier General.
WORTH VETERANS MEMORIAL
Veterans Memorial Park
111th & Harlem Avenue
If you would like to help a friend or family member plan a military reunion or other type of Military Social Events we can make it special. The Chicago Southland CVB offers many products and services for planning a Military Reunion event.
Our complimentary service assists with hotel accommodations, affordable room rates, event facilities, marketing and media exposure, visitor services, volunteers and much more including:
- Site Selection – Finding the perfect location is probably the most important step in planning your reunion.
- Instruction Booklet: How to organize & plan a military reunion
- Name Badges
- Table Tent Cards
- Coupon Books – discounts for attractions and restaurants throughout the Chicago Southland area
- Maps – large, detailed maps of the Chicago Southland region
- Festival and Events Guides – lists all events taking place in the Chicago Southland area
- Pre-Mailer / Brochure Shell (tri-fold 8.5”x11”) blank inside so you can provide your own reunion information
If you are traveling to the Chicago Southland area, we welcome the opportunity to schedule a one-day site tour for you.
The Chicago Southland CVB will also provide welcome amenities for your group’s arrival.
Contact Tobie Fitzpatrick toll free at 888-895-8233 ext. 23 or email Tobie@VisitChicagoSouthland.com.