All Service Breakfast
A hearty breakfast which includes juice, coffee, and “SOS” (veterans know what that is) is provided to all veterans and their spouses who live in the Village of Tinley Park or are a member of one of the three Tinley Park service organizations (American Legion, VFW, KWVA).
Veteran Volunteer Recognition
The Commission annually honors individuals who have distinguished themselves by volunteering their time to help veterans, and by promoting the ideals of patriotism that those veterans fought for. The ceremony is held in the Kallsen Center in Village Hall.
Flag to Honor Veteran
Each month a new American flag is flown on the Village flagpole near the Oak Park Avenue train station (Zabrocki Plaza). This is done to honor the memory of a Tinley Park resident who has served our country. Each flag has previously been flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. After being flown for a month, it is taken down and presented to the family along with a framed certificate. Download an Application
Paver Brick Program
At the 80th Avenue Veterans Memorial Walkway.
Friends and family of soldiers can honor their heroes be purchasing bricks bearing personalized inscriptions that
recognize the soldier's service to our country. These Bricks are incorporated into the walkway and plaza and provide a permanent tribute. Paver Application
Art in Public Buildings
The battles and wars fought by Americans have been accurately captured in the paintings and artistic drawings of well-known artists. Some of these, owned by the Commission, have been displayed in the Vogt Visual Arts Center. Others have been donated to schools, the library, police and fire stations, and the park district in Tinley Park.
Voice of Democracy
Tinley Park students from grade 9-12 have an opportunity each year to participate in a contest that tests their writing abilities and their patriotism. This program is sponsored by the VFW National Organization with each annual winner receiving a $25,000 scholarship. The Commission offers support and funding on the local level.
Tinley Park students from grades 7 & 8 are eligible to participate in another VFW National program. Top national winners of this 300 word essay contest can receive savings bonds of $1,000 to $10,000. The Commission offers support and funding on the local level.
American Military at War
The Commission adopts a military unit serving in a war zone or hostile environment. The 1st Air Cavalry Division was supported during the Gulf War. Currently the Alpha Gators of the 101st Airborne Division is the unit adopted by the Commission now during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Supplies of toiletries and other small items are sent to the soldiers who are unable to normally receive or buy them due to their service in a combat zone. Although each soldier receives just a small package, it is a useful and thoughtful expression of our support for them for serving our country.