Darryl Wertheim - Veterans Program Coordinator
Proudly serving Veterans since 1991.
The Village of Orland Park Veterans’ Commission was created in 1991. One of the commission’s first tasks was the creation of a suitable veterans’ memorial for the Orland Park community.
In 1993, the board continued the community’s quest of a memorial and appointed the project team of the Veterans’ Commission to oversee its creation.
Designed by world renowned sculptor Virginio Ferrari, Orland Park’s memorial – “Ara Pace’, Place of Peace” – was dedicated on November 11, 1995. Describing his intent, Ferrari said, “What I wish to express with this sculpture is the endless potential of creative forces continued within the simplicity of the circular form”.
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."
Honor a veteran by having a banner displayed along Ravinia Avenue from Memorial Day through Veterans Day. Banner will be returned to family after one season of display.
A “memorial pavilion, a cathedral, encompassing the circle of endless memory of those who have died for our country supported by conflict and sacrifice in the tension of the supporting elements of the base.”
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