A three-quarter scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, along with a mobile Education Center, is coming to Perry Farm and will be open 24 hours a day, and free to the public, beginning June 27th – June 30th. 

In addition to the many local volunteers who will assist with The Wall That Heals event, other locals will be on hand as well.

Mike Janssen, Herscher HS graduate, and WGN and CLTV meteorologist, has been announced as the Master of Ceremonies. 

 There will be a tribute to Dennis Rattin, brother of Gary Rattin.  Dennis is still MIA and the family will be in attendance and will lay a wreath at The Wall for Dennis.  

 On Friday night HHS students, David Buckley and Thomas O’Connell, Jr., will be performing an echo of Taps at 9 pm.

A schedule of events follows:

The Wall That Heals is escorted to Perry Farm

Arrival Expected at 4 pm

Presenting of the Colors & Flag Raising Ceremony by

Kankakee County Marine Corps League Detachment     1253 

Eric Penrod to perform To The Colors


Volunteer set up begins at 8:00 am

Volunteer training begins at 6:00 pm

Taps to be played by Conner Allen at 8:00 pm


Opening Ceremony at 6:30 pm

Master of Ceremonies is Mike Janssen, meteorologist for WGN and CLTV

Featuring Jim Cornelison performing the National Anthem and the Chicago Police Pipe Band

Taps played by Bugles Across America Volunteer Harlan Schmidt


National Association for Black Veterans Ceremony at 12:00 pm

Echo Taps to be played at 9:00 pm by David Buckley & Thomas O’Connell, Jr.


Taps to be played at 9:00 pm by Cliff Smith


Closing Ceremony at 2:45 pm

Retiring of the Flag & Presentation by

Kankakee County Marine Corps League Detachment 1253 

Taps to be played by Emma Caise

Exhibit closes at 3:00 pm

Teardown volunteers report at 3:00 pm