Central Nebraska

Veterans Memorial

UNITED WE STAND

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. 

Honor Our Veterans

“Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause.  Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause.”

Abraham Lincoln

Remembering the Fallen

The campus of the new Central Nebraska Veterans Home will welcome visitors to a memorial honoring the sacrifices and dedication of our veterans in all conflicts since 1855.

The Central Nebraska Veterans Home is coming to Kearney!

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.

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. 

Memorial Location and Size:

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 (.25 miles west of the Kearney Airport Terminal). Specifically, to the direct east of the Veterans Home main entrance along 56th Street. Located directly across the street to the south is the new Kearney baseball complex, Patriot Park.

Memorial Features

  • Pillars tell the stories of each conflict and the roles of each military branchs
  • Bricks engraved with soldiers’ names lining a memorial walkway
  • A gazebo, surrounded by benches, offering a place for quiet reflection

The City of Kearney has pledged matching funds for the first $500,000 in private and business donations. The Kearney Area Community Foundation will accept donations.

Proud to be a Nebraskan

This will be a very impressive structure, designed for Veterans, by Veterans and, we as a committee believe the general public will be impressed by it’s somber beauty, along with the educational and historical aspects within. Once viewed, the Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial will make you proud to be an American and a resident of central Nebraska. The goal of our committee is to construct this memorial with private and locally public funds, leaving in it’s wake a trust fund to pay for ongoing maintenance expenses, thus not burdening the taxpayer with those expenses.

Designed for Veterans, by Veterans

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.  CONFLICT STONE DIMENSIONS: 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. Each conflict stone will include a plaque describing in detail its factual history.

Beginning with the Civil War, through Iraq and Afghanistan.

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 and a detailed factual historical description of that service.  SERVICE STONE DIMENSIONS: Approximately 20 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 and a detailed factual historical description of that service.

Service stones for each branch of service

Contact Us

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

Donation Questions?
Phone:
308-237-3114

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