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Healing Field of Honor on Rotary Hill November 1-11

The 2019 theme is “Remembering a Century of Heroes and Heritage”

Naperville Park District, in collaboration with the Naperville Healing Field Committee, will host the community’s fourth Healing Field of Honor at Rotary Hill, located at 443 Aurora Avenue, from November 1-11. Displaying 2,019 American flags on Rotary Hill during this event creates a stunning tribute to our military and their families and also raises money through Operation Support Our Troops-America to assist veterans and their families.

This year the theme of the Healing Field of Honor is “Remembering a Century of Heroes and Heritage,” commemorating three historic events: the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which effectively ended the first World War, the 100th anniversary of the formation of the American Legion and the 75th anniversary of the founding of Naperville’s Judd Kendall VFW Post #3873.

The flag display will be officially opened on Friday, November 1 with an opening ceremony and will close on Veterans Day, November 11 at 5:00 p.m. with the playing of “Taps.”  The community is invited to purchase a flag, dedicate a flag to a veteran, make a donation or become a sponsor of the event by visiting Funds raised in 2019 will support Leap of Faith, a program through Operation Support Our Troops that helps families who have lost a military service member.

A special addition to this year’s remembrance of World War I is a free showing of the Warner Brothers/Peter Jackson film, “They Shall Not Grow Old” on Monday, November 4 at Naperville North High School Performing Arts Center, located at 899 N. Mill Street. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. with opening remarks and the movie at 6:30 p.m. This film is a stirring remake of old footage of life in the trenches, adding modern effects and carefully researched dialogue to present the realities of World War I more clearly in a film than ever before.

In addition to viewing or walking through the field of flags on Rotary Hill, visitors may stop at the bottom of the hill near the Riverwalk Café to see a tribute to the seven men from Naperville who gave their lives serving in World War I. Inside the Café there will be more information and displays of military and historical artifacts. Additionally, the Riverwalk Café will be offering a special menu during the Healing Field event from Friday, November 1 through Monday, November 11. The Café will serve beverages and food from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on weekdays and 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Veterans and active duty military members will receive a 10% discount on non-alcoholic purchases at the Café, a free cup of hot coffee and $.50 coffee refills.

Naperville Park District will offer Carillon tours to view the Healing Field from the observation deck from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays during the event (November 2, 3, 9 and 10) and from 12:00 noon-4:00 p.m. on Veterans Day—Monday, November 11.  Tour tickets cost $3 and will be sold at the Riverwalk Café.  Veterans and active duty military members will receive a free ticket to tour the Carillon during the event.

Rotary Hill has hosted the Healing Field of Honor in 2009, 2012 and 2015, raising funds for Fisher House at Edward Hines, Jr. Veterans Affairs Hospital and the Allen J. Lynch Foundation, which supports research on traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.


“They Shall Not Grow Old” Film FREE Showing

Monday, November 4th  at 6:00 p.m. Doors Open, 6:30 p.m. Opening Remarks & Movie

Naperville North High School Performing Arts Center, 899 N. Mill Street

On Monday, November 4th there will be a FREE screening of the movie “They Shall Not Grow Old” at the Naperville North High School Performing Arts Center (enter through the Performing Arts Center doors on the south side of the building).  In this documentary filmmaker Peter Jackson uses state-of-the-art technology and materials from the BBC and Imperial War Museum to tell the story of World War I by the men who were there.  Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with opening remarks and the film starting at 6:30 p.m.  Please note that the film is rated R for disturbing war images.  Below and attached are copies of the “They Shall Not Grow Old” posters for the November 4th showing.


Veteran’s Day Ceremony
Monday, November 11th  at 11:00 a.m.

Millennium Carillon at Rotary Hill, 443 Aurora Avenue

On Monday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m. Naperville’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony will take place at the base of the Millennium Carillon, next to the Healing Field of Honor on Rotary Hill.  Help to honor our veteran’s by joining us for this ceremony!  The Veteran’s Day Ceremony will take place outdoors, so please dress appropriately for the weather.  Limited parking is available at the top of Rotary Hill off of Aurora Avenue.  Additional parking is available at the Naperville Park District Administration Building (320 W. Jackson Ave), Naperville Municipal Center (400 S. Eagle St), and Centennial Beach (500 W. Jackson Ave). 



Riverwalk Cafe Open During Healing Field of Honor November 1-11

Hours of Operation:
Nov 1, 4-8 & 11 open 9 am-3 pm
Nov 2, 3, 9 & 10 open 9 am-5 pm

Veterans and Active Military Special Offer

Free small cup of coffee with 50 cent refills and 10% off any purchase. (excluding alcohol)


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Funds raised through the Naperville Parks Foundation support the Naperville Park District’s Fee Assistance Program. The Naperville Parks Foundation supports the recreation needs and desires of the residents of Naperville – encouraging health and wellness, fitness, family time, and fun. The Foundation supports the mission of making recreation of all kinds accessible to everyone across the community, regardless of socioeconomic circumstances.

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 Naperville Park District officials heard the good news for which they have been waiting for many months: the District has achieved national accreditation through the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA).

The decision was announced at the NRPA national conference in Atlanta following a formal hearing before the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA).

Naperville is only the second park district in Illinois to earn this distinction and the 104th nationally accredited agency in the nation; there are more than 10,000 recreation agencies in the United States. The Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies accredits a handful of park agencies each year that have completed a multi-step process involving a self-review by the agency, a site visit, and an evaluation and formal report by the Commission.

“We are extremely proud to bring this honor to Naperville,” said Park District Executive Director Ray McGury. “It’s an affirmation of our high standards and also an encouragement to continue bringing high quality recreation and parks experiences to our community.”

The Park District’s accreditation process began approximately one year ago and included an extensive self-evaluation by staff and a 5-day visit from CAPRA reviewers this past July. Maintaining the accreditation requires annual reports and 5- and 10-year reviews.

Park District staff members noted that the CAPRA process has helped them see the big picture, focus on long term goals and plans, review plans more regularly, organize documents so that they are accessible and useable, and collaborate more effectively with other departments and outside organizations.

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