Memorial Park is dedicated to remembering all those who served and sacrificed for our freedoms - especially Arlington's Fallen Heroes - the 58 young men from our town who died in the service of our Nation in all the conflicts from the Civil War to Afghanistan. All of these young men lived in Arlington Heights and died in the service of our Nation. A commemorative brick for each Fallen Hero has been placed in Memorial Park to honor and remember each of these young men.
Honor and Remember Any Veteran
The real story presented by Memorial Park can be seen in the hundreds of commemorative bricks that honor the service and sacrifice of individual veterans. These veterans are from anywhere (not just Arlington Heights), from anytime (peace or war), and served in any of the six US military services (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Merchant Marine).
The inscriptions on the individual bricks describe service and sacrifice spanning many generations: from World War One, World War Two, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Viet Nam War through all the modern day conflicts up to and including active duty personnel currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. These inscriptions contain the names of renowned military units, legendary ships and the historic battles that still influence our world today. Just a few examples of the stories of veterans honored at Memorial Park can be viewed in a recent Daily Herald article.
To honor the service and sacrifice of any veteran, simply download the Memorial Park Brochure and Brick Order Form and follow the directions on the form.
Commemorative Bricks are ordered from the brick company twice a year:
- February 1st (to be placed in the Park by Memorial Day)
- August 1st (to be placed in the Park by Veterans Day).
For questions or for assistance with inscriptions, please call Greg Padovani, Chairman, Drive to Revive Memorial Park Committee at 847-392-9113.
Memorial Day Tribute to Veterans
Each Memorial Day, our community gathers at Memorial Park, after the Memorial Day Parade, to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans and active duty personnel – especially those who have given their lives for our country. This ceremony is attended by hundreds from our community. A solemn part of our ceremony is the reading of the names of Arlington Heights and surrounding area veterans who have passed away during the previous 12 months. This tribute is available to any veteran who lived in the Arlington Heights area at any time in their lives and who passed away from May 1st to April 30th of the year preceding the Memorial Day ceremony.
The List of Honored Veterans:
May 27, 2013 | May 27, 2012 | May 31, 2011 | May 31, 2010
In order for a veteran’s name to be read at the ceremony on Memorial Day, the following criteria must be met. The veteran must have:
- Served in any one of the six US military services during any time – peace or war
- Lived in the Arlington Heights area at some time in their life
- Died during the period May 1 to April 30 of the year preceding the Memorial Day Ceremony.
Future Honored Veterans List for Memorial Day
To have a veteran’s name included in the Honored Veteran List at the Memorial Day Ceremony, a veteran must meet the above criteria, and their name must be received no later than 5:00 pm, May 25. Please send an email to: ArlingtonHeightsVeterans@gmail.com. All submissions must include:
- The full name of the deceased veteran (minimum First Name and Last Name)
- A phonetic spelling of the name (if needed)
- Their Branch of Military Service (example: Army)
- Date of the veteran’s death (for verification but not to be read)
- Contact information of the sender (name, address, phone, and e-mail)