In less than a week, Chicago and the nation will have the opportunity to once again say thank you to all military members–past and present–for their service at the 25th Anniversary of the historic Chicago Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Parade on June 17th – June 19th, 2011.
The dream of one man, Charles Lofrano, is almost here. It’s been an amazing process watching individuals spanning generations, all dedicated to make this event happen.
It is because of the Welcome Home 2011 Committee’s commitment and the overwhelming amount of support from the City of Chicago, the State of Illinois, Veteran of Foreign Wars, Boeing, Kurtis Productions, The Union League Club and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters that Welcome Home 2011 will be a special moment in Chicago’s history.
Be a part of the 25th anniversary by attending one or all of the events:
FRIDAY, June 17th
- Noon: Opening ceremony of the 24-hour Moving Wall display at the West end of Navy Pier
- 5 – 7 PM: Veteran art & photo exhibit at Expo 72, located at 72 E. Randolph
- 7 – 10 PM: Cash bar reception at the Palmer House with musical entertainment provided by Kelly Trudell, Joe Cantafio, Britt Small, and John Steer
SATURDAY, June 18th
- 9 AM: Kickoff Rally at Navy Pier with entertainment by Britt Small, Kelly Trudell and Rev. John Steer. The 24-hour Moving Wall & Illinois Military Order of Purple Heart Traveling War Memorial on display at Navy Pier
- Noon – 2 PM: Vietnam Author Fair at Expo 72, located at 72 E. Randolph
- 2 PM: Earl Gorman program at Expo 72, located at 72 E. Randolph
- 6 PM: Reception hour at the Heroes Banquet Dinner in the Grand Ballroom of the Palmer House
- 7 PM: Heroes banquet featuring MC Bill Kurtis and keynote speakers, Mick Yauger, President of Teamsters Local 786, Colonel David W. Sutherland, and Bob Wieland, “Mr. Motivation”. The City of Chicago will be recognized and several Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients will serve as honored guests.
SUNDAY, June 19th
- 9 – 10 AM: Interfaith service with Rev. John Steer at the Vietnam Veteran Memorial Plaza, located at 2 East Wacker Drive
- Noon: Concert at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park with entertainment by Dennis DeYoung, ARRA, and USO’s Joe Cantafio and the 101st Rock Division