By Jeff Vorva
Orland Park has traditionally been a village that makes it a point to honor its veterans with various events throughout the year.
There will be four more in 2021.
The village’s board of trustees voted to host a four-event Veterans Tuesdays in the Park at the April 5 meeting at Village Hall.
The events are scheduled for June 1, June 15, July 6 and July 20 and are planned to be held on the Village green area south of the Ara Pace Memorial with the Civic Center serving as a rain location.
The events, which will feature food and entertainment, will start at 6 p.m.
Each night will have a different theme.
On June 1, there will be a salute to all veterans and the music will be provided by Peter Meletic, the Piano Man. The June 15 gathering will salute World War II and Korean veterans with the Sweet Reminders providing the music.
The July 6 event will salute Vietnam vets and the entertainment act has not been announced. The July 20 get-together will honor Gulf War veterans and entertainment will be announced at a later date.
“It’s a chance for veterans and families and widows to enjoy camaraderie and free entertainment and activities in a relaxed setting during the summer,” Orland Park Veterans Commission Coordinator Darryl Wertheim said. “Each night will feature a band, food trucks, military vehicles and military collectors’ displays.”
“We continue to support the veterans in Orland Park as well as all of the veterans,” trustee Michael Milani said. “This is a perfect location. Using the Ara Pace Memorial is a great idea.”
Meet the new board
Monday will be the final meeting with the current board of trustees.
Barring any surprises from the Cook County Clerk’s office before announcing the official vote totals from the April 6 election, the new board members are scheduled to be sworn into office at the May 3 meeting.
Keith Pekau will remain as mayor for a second term. Patrick O’Sullivan will be the new clerk, replacing John Mehalek, who stepped down.
The new trustees are Sean Kampas, Joni Radaszewski and Brian Riordan, who replace Dan Calandriello, Kathy Fenton and James Dodge, who did not run this term.
Remaining on the board from the 2019 election are William Healy, Cynthia Nelson Katsenes and Milani.