Tinley Park Patriot Day: Remember a Time We'll Never Forget

Anything and everything you need to know about Sunday's activities in Tinley Park including street closures and a timeline of events.

It's hard to believe an entire decade now stands between us and the devastating crumble of the World Trade Center.

The day is one that will be branded in our memories forever — it's become a cornerstone of our life in the 21st century. As the smoke has cleared over the years and dust has somewhat settled, our American story has truly become one of resilience.


They will honor the heroes—both fallen and living—and remember a day that touched us all. I encourage you all to participate. I will be there in my red, white and blue.

Things to Do

  • 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., American Legion Post 615 Pancake Breakfast at the Legion Hall, 17423 67th Court. Cost is $5 per person.
  • 8:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., Remembrance Service in the Oak Park Avenue train station lot featuring speakers and an unveiling of a remembrance “Bench on the Avenue.”
  • 10:30 a.m., the departure of the in which hundreds of motorcycles will cruise to the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in honor of all fallen heroes.
  • 12:30 p.m., Step-off of Tinley's Patriotic Parade from to 172nd Street. Participants will include local public safety first responders, military personnel, veterans groups, school groups, community organizations, bands and floats.
  • 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Community Picnic in the including free hot dogs and refreshments.
  • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., a performance by the “Legacy Girls."

Things to See

  • The Portrait of Soldier display will be near 174th and South streets. It's a special memorial tribute to the Illinois service members who have given their lives for our country. Exhibit located on 174th and South Street.
  • The Historical Society display will be at the and Landmark building, 6727 174th St. It features a look at how the village marked the first anniversary of Sept. 11.

Street Closures

Oak Park Avenue will be closed from 171st Street to 183rd Street from noon to 2:30 p.m. for the Patriot Day parade. Local streets to be closed from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. include:

  • South Street from Oak Park Avenue to 67th Avenue;
  • 174th Street from 67th Court to 67th Avenue;
  • 67th Court from 174th Place to South Street; and
  • Hickory Street from Oak Park Avenue to 68th Court.

From 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., motorists should avoid Oak Forest Avenue and Ridgeland Avenue while the annual Kevin Clarke Memorial Ride leaves the area.

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Deb Melchert September 11, 2011 at 02:17 AM
Carrie, just a heads up, the Portrait of A Soldier display location was changed. It is now stationed in front of the American Legion Post 615, 17423 S. 67th Court. You can't miss it, as it's right in front of the flag poles. Look forward to seeing you tomorrow. Look for me at the raffle tent.


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