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 Veterans 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. Additionally, the $2M goal includes an Endowment Fund also maintained and managed by KACF.


                      

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Service Stones
Branches of service were included in the conception based on each individual service holding a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. For example, the National Guard is included in this memorial, the Reserves are not because the National Guard holds a seat on the JCoF; the Reserves fall under their respective command (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard). A POW/MIA stone will be included with the service stones. The Merchant Marine stone was included due to it's significant contribution to World War II.  Each service stone will have the appropriate branch of service symbol.

  Service Stone Dimensions
Approximately 16 feet tall, 8 feet wide, 3 foot thick concrete pillar covered with granite tiles 1 foot by 1 foot by 1.5 inch thick. Each service stone will have the appropriate branch of service symbol.

  Conflict Stones
Conflicts begin with the Civil War, as central Nebraska was founded during the Civil War era. The selection of which conflicts were chosen is based on those recognized by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign wars as eligible for membership in those organizations. Each conflict stone will include a plaque describing in detail its factual history. The stone dimensions are approximately 8 feet tall, 6 feet wide, 2.2 foot thick concrete pillar covered with granite tiles 1 foot by 1 foot by 1.5 inch thick.

                 
  Location and Dimensions of Site
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 I80 exit 275 and four miles north). Specifically, directly east of the Veterans Home main entrance along 56th Street. Located directly across the street is the new Kearney baseball complex, Patriot Park. The Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial will occupy land approximately 173 feet wide by 100 feet deep.

 

 

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