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LZ Peace Memorial

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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. The Wall of Honor pays special tribute to those soldiers from Winnebago County who paid the ultimate price in Vietnam. The names of 75 veterans are etched into the wall, forever reminding us that their courage was our greatest triumph and their sacrifice was our greatest loss. Also, in this peaceful setting, a Huey helicopter that served in Vietnam rests above the Wall of Honor. Near the helicopter is also the LZ Agent Orange Memorial, dedicated in October of 2015. It honors those veterans who survived the Vietnam war but died years later from the effects of being exposed to the deadly chemical dioxin, otherwise known as Agent Orange. Over 70 veterans are honored on the wall.

Every Memorial Day and Veterans Day at 11 a.m. members of the Vietnam Veteran’s Honor Society hold a memorial service honoring those who died in Vietnam and in all other American wars. In the past several years a Vietnam-veteran Huey helicopter has flown overhead and landed in a field of tall grass. When it happens again you’re welcome to climb aboard and touch this angel of mercy that brought food, ammunition, medical supplies, and hope. Then the Hueys lifted out the dead and wounded, and for many it would be the last time they ever saw an old friend.

For a tax-deductible donation, any veteran from Winnebago County who served honorably between 1959-1975 can have their name inscribed on this wall.

Photo credit: Jesse Fox