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Welcome to The Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial

The memorial will be a fitting tribute for our heroes and will provide an onsite, outdoor area for relaxation,
visiting with other residents and guests, and private reflections. Your generous contribution
will help to build a lasting tribute to our fallen Nebraska Veterans.

the Fallen





To honor those who served, fought, and died for this great nation, the Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial committee is raising funds to construct a fitting memorial on site at the Central Nebraska Veterans home. As a committee, we have designed a memorial based on an educational and historical perspective to honor those who have served in all military branches of service and military conflicts undertaken by this great nation beginning with the Civil War.


PRESIDENTIAL - $100,000 and over

MEDAL OF HONOR - $50,000 to $99,999

SILVER STAR - $25,000 to $49,999

BRONZE STAR- $10,000 to $24,999

PURPLE HEART - $5,000 to $9,999


GOOD CONDUCT - $1000 - $2499


Although any donation is acceptable, major donors $500 or higher will be recognized on a separate wall with an inscription. Such as to remember the service of a family member, the donor's service, or name of the business providing a donation.  If donors wish to remain anonymous, your decision will be honored.

Memorial Location

The Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial will be co-located with the Central Nebraska Veterans Home at the corner of 56th Street and Cherry Avenue in Kearney, NE (1/4 mile west of the Kearney Airport Terminal, or take I80 Exit 275 and go 4 miles North).

Located directly across the street is the new Kearney baseball complex, Patriot Park.


Memorial Features

This large, Central Nebraska Veteran’s Memorial will occupy an area of approximately 100 ft x 173 ft.

Rising skyward will be eight granite encased pillars (16 ft x 8 ft x 3 ft). Seven of these pillars will display the emblem of each branch of U. S. Military Service. The eighth, will contain the symbol of the P.O.W’s.  All pillars are physically linked with a composite metal band, signifying America’s soldiers linking arms, standing “Shoulder to Shoulder”, defending this great country.  Another sixteen 8 foot high conflict pillars will have inscriptions beginning with the Civil War, as central Nebraska was founded during the Civil War era. Each pillar will include a plaque describing in detail its' factual history.

           Memorial Management

This inspiring theater, surrounded by benches, offers a place for quiet reflection.

The Kearney Area Community Foundation (KACF) will accept and manage the donations. 

The $2M goal includes an Endowment Fund also maintained and managed by KACF.



Our Memorial Committee

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     If you would like to get involved,
please email Bob Harpst.

  Email: rharpst@yahoo.com

  Donation Questions?
  Phone: 308-237-3114


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