Dates: July 21st – July 23rd

Join us at Cantigny Park in at 1s151 Winfield Road in Wheaton, IL for a weekend of healing and learning. Veterans families, children, and general public are all welcome to learn and hear the ‘Untold Stories’. If you are a veteran, you must register for the event at this link or in person on the day of to get your wristband. Wristbands allow access to free special meals and beverages.

Accommidations:

Hilton Lisle/Naperville
3003 Corporate West Drive, Lisle, Il, 60532
Hotel (630) 505-0900, Direct (630) 245-7644
$99 rates, $89 for veterans. Scheduled transportation is provided to/from the event.

Rough camping at Cantigny is available for veterans only.

Schedule:

Thursday, July 20th
There will be a special event for veterans on this date who have come in early. Veterans are welcome to join us in the evening at a suite in Boomer’s stadium to watch the baseball game and throw the first pitch.

Friday, July 21st
For veterans and their immediate families, there will be a free traditional dinner served at Cantigny park. There will be a speaker panel discussion after dinner. If you would like to attend, you must RSVP by June 30th while completing the registry form. Attire will be informal.
5:30pm: Guests arrive and live music is played
7:00pm: Traditional meal is served
Dinner – 9:30pm: Speaker panel discussion

Saturday, July 22nd
9am: Veterans arrive and prepare for the Formal Grand Entry of the flags
9:30am – 10:30am: Formal Grand Entry and opening remarks
11am: Town Hall meeting/discussion
12pm: Free hot dogs for registered veterans with wristbands
12:30pm – 3pm: Town Hall break-out meetings into specific topics
3pm – 4pm: Town Hall discussions reconvene, report out
4pm: Dinner
5pm – 9pm: Entertainment

Sunday, July 23rd
8am: Breakfast for registered veterans
9am: Formal Grand Entry, opening remarks
10am – 11:30am: Continued Town Hall discussions from previous day
11:30am – 12:30pm: Closing/retiring of the colors

Stay tuned for more information.
Stay tuned for more information.
*Additional entertainer information to come

Mark ClevelandMark Cleveland

Mark Cleveland provides a unique entertainment experience. Audiences respond to the storytelling lyrics, uniquely delivered in songs woven from the Native American tradition, World Culture and contemporary American Life. Audiences return to experience full powered vocal presence of this accomplished Singer Songwriter and World Musician.

Performing for the Dali Lama and in other international events, Mark Cleveland is a repeat performer at the World Music Festival, Millennium Park, Navy Pier and in major Chicago venues like the Old Town School or Shuba’s. Accomplishments include composing the soundtrack for the Field Museum’s Ancient Americas exhibit, recording with Yo Yo Ma’s Cross Roads project, sharing the stage with Golden Globe and NAMA Award Winner Bill Miller and Wade Fernandez on tour. His music has been featured on Chicago and U.S. media, and internationally on Web Streaming Radio.return home.

Dawn O’Keefe Willims & Three Off the Leash

Dawn O’Keefe Williams, a diversified singer, will rock your blues away! Her style of music is universal, and has been recognized by Billboard with an Award of Achievement for her original song STONE COLD FOOL. Dawn mixes her blues with Rock, R&B, Jazz, Pop and Reggae in her performances. Her style of music sounds like “Bonnie Raitt meets Etta James”; yet Dawn has a distinctive sound all her own from sultry velvety tones to belting it out with an incredibly powerful voice.

When it comes to entertaining Dawn has only the best well-seasoned musicians backing her. As Entertainment Plus Agency stated… “Your vocal style, the music you selected and your band arrangements were perfect for our diverse audience of all ages.” You will find Dawn at some of the finest venues in the Chicagoland area such as Navy Pier, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Blues Festival, Taste of Chicago, festivals and more. Dawn’s self-titled CD has received airplay on several major markets in the U.S., as well as in Europe.

Wade Fernandez

“Your life is all that you’ve touched, all that has touched you and all that came before you. You only really live it when you learn to listen to its music.” WF

Born on the Menominee Indian Reservation in Wisconsin, USA. Wade grew up in a house surrounded by dense forest. “I could walk through the trees for maybe 6 miles behind the house and not see another human being. After crossing the road in front of the house, I could probably walk another 10 miles and once again, see only forest and animals.” The Menominee Reservation is over 95% forest and the roots of Wade’s inspiration.

Wade’s first attempt at playing music came at the age of 5. His dad sat him down in front of a record player, handed over a “huge” acoustic guitar and said try to figure out this song. It was “Apache” by the Shadows. Young Wade thought cool an Indian song, but after 10 minutes of having no clue, he decided to give it up. But then at 11 years old, Wade decided to pick up the guitar and started a band on the rez with his cousin Quint. Since then he has won several national/international awards and scholarships for music and other forms of artistic expression (including video and writing). Wade toured Europe several times, played and produced CDs, and played many styles of music before he decided to go to college and further his study of music. Currently, Wade has a degree in Music Education with a teacher’s certification, manages an active music career, works a GEAR UP job for students on the Menominee Indian Reservation, is a member of the Menominee Indian School Board, working on several film projects, writing a play, teaches native flute/guitar/bass/rock band classes, and is raising a beautiful family of 5 children with his wife on the reservation.

Larry Yazzie & Native Pride Dancers

Two-time World Champion Fancy Dancer and member of The Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa/Meskwaki. Larry Yazzie is the founder and Artistic Director for Native Pride Arts. His repertoire includes performances at the Olympics, The Kennedy Center, and the Smithsonian Institute. Larry has performed all over the world and won many awards for his dancing. As an international lecturer, dancer, and educator, he has earned the reputation for being one of the nation’s leading experts on Native American dance. In May, 2010 he and his son Jessup were the sole U.S. performers invited for performances and workshops throughout northern France. He founded Native Pride Arts to give back to his community and to the world. “By sharing life stories through music, dance and storytelling, we nurture meaningful communication among all people.”

Larry’s goal is to share cultural traditions through artist-in-residency performances, workshops, lectures, classroom instruction and performances enhancing access to diverse, multicultural artists for people of all ages and backgrounds. His warm, enthusiastic spirit truly reflects the beauty of Indigenous people. Following the tradition of his elders, he is giving back, enriching the lives of all audiences for generations to come.

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