All ornaments submitted MUST be non-breakable for easy storage and annual use

Individuals may submit ornaments representing their fallen hero with the following criteria:

  • loss of life during active duty
  • MIA’s (Missing in Action)
  • representing all conflicts
  • ornament should contain info of name, DOB-DOD
  • optional info–rank, branch of service, conflict, nickname, picture
  • send all ornaments with return address and phone number

(this is to communicate with you in the event of lost/broken ornament)

14 ft. artificial, donated tree with LED lighting will be used

Ornaments can be mailed to Tree of Honor, 6403 N Talisman Terrace, Peoria, IL 61615.

Contact Info: Patti Smith, 309-231-5090 or email pattidc@yahoo.com.


America’s Gold Star Families was very excited to welcome Lt. Col. Mike Strobl (ret.), USMC, as our guest speaker for our third annual Commemoration. This year’s event included Commemoration, Grief Seminar, private showing of the award winning HBO film Taking Chance ending with a Celebration of Life that evening. Make plans now to join us October 7, 2017 for our Fourth Annual Commemoration in Peoria, IL.

Thank you to this year’s Sponsors who made it all possible!




United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America

Mr. Harvey A. Slepian

Caliber Home Loans

IL State Senator Dave Koehler

IL State Senator Chuck and Laurie Weaver

Rotherham & Company, P.D.

Dr. D B Braunagel

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Jack McManus

Congressman Darin LaHood

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Les Bergsten



Thank you to the Village of Peoria Heights for turning the Tower Park Fountain to ‘gold’ in honor of families of the fallen!

Gold FountainJoin us Saturday August 13, 2016 as we dedicate the first Gold Star Memorial Marker in Illinois. Tower Park, Peoria Heights, Illinois 10:00 am. The public is invited rain or shine. For more information call 309-231-5090.

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