The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall
- Wednesday, September 23 through Sunday, September 27
- Hours: Open 24 hours each day with social distancing observed
- Location: Levee Park in The Levee District, 401 W Washington Street, East Peoria
- Admission: Free
Residents and businesses can help sponsor the appearance of The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall when it comes to East Peoria in September.
A reminder of the sacrifices made during the Vietnam War, The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall’s purpose is to help heal and rekindle friendships and allow people who may not be able to visit Washington, D.C. the opportunity to see the memorial.
The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall is a 3/5-scale replica of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. It stands six feet tall at the center and covers almost 300 feet from end to end. As of 2011, there are 58,272 names listed on the wall, just as they are in Washington, D.C. The traveling wall will be escorted into East Peoria by the Quiet Pride motorcycle club which is comprised of current and former military personnel.
An opening ceremony will take place at noon Thursday, September 24.
Donations and Sponsors
Donations are being sought from residents, businesses and organizations which will help bring the wall to East Peoria and also benefit the Greater Peoria Honor Flight which flies veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the national memorial sites. Donations are tax deductible and no amount is too small.
Those donating $250 or more will be considered sponsors. The sponsorship levels are:
- Gold Level - $1,000
- Silver Level - $500
- Bronze Level - $250
All sponsors will have their name on a banner which will be displayed at the wall, and receive recognition on this webpage and the City of East Peoria’s Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin social media sites.
How to Donate
You can donate through the East Peoria Community Foundation online at https://www.eastpeoriacommunityfoundation.org/donations. Just click on the button labeled "Donate to Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall."
Checks with the notation The Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall should be made payable to the East Peoria Community Foundation. They should be mailed to:
East Peoria Community Foundation
PO Box 2817
East Peoria, Illinois 61611
For more information, call East Peoria City Hall at 309-698-4715 or the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce at 309-699-6212.