Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial
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.
American Legion Post 52 members and the Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial board have a vision for a lasting remembrance to soldiers from all branches of the military. The early site drawings show a place where young people can learn about our military history dating back to the Kearney area’s founding just before the Civil War.
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.
Here are some of the deeper details:
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. This is 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. With your donation and support, this memorial will become a reality.
•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.
•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.
•MEMORIAL SIZE: The Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial will occupy land approximately 173 feet wide by 100 feet deep.
• SERVICE STONE DIMENTIONS: Approximately 20 feet tall, 8 feet wide, 3 foot thick concrete pillar covered with granite tiles 1 foot by 1foot 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.
• CONFLICT STONE DIMENTIONS: Approximately 8 feet tall, 6 feet wide, 2.2 foot thick concrete pillar covered with granite tiles 1 foot by 1foot by 1.5 inch thick. Each conflict stone will include a plaque describing in detail its factual history.
•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 (.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.
COMPLETION DATE: The Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial is scheduled for completion in conjunction with the Central Nebraska Veterans Home, which is between late 2018 and early 2019.
•ESTIMATED COST: The Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial is estimated to cost between 1-2 million dollars. Actual cost is dependent upon anticipated in-kind donations of materials and labor.
•DONATIONS: Donations are being accepted through the Kearney Area Community Foundation.
ADDRESS: 412 W. 48th Street, Suite 12, Kearney, NE 68845
WEBSITE: kearneyfoundation.org (online donations accepted with credit card)
Checks may be made payable to: Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial.
•INDIVIDUAL MEMORIAL STONES: As part of fundraising efforts, Central Nebraska Veterans and citizens will be able to purchase a stone with their Veterans name and basic service information. These stones will be granite, and will be placed on a wall at the entrance to the Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial. Cost is to be determined.
•MAJOR DONORS: Major donors will be recognized on a separate wall, if donors would like to remain anonymous, that wish will be honored.
MEDAL OF HONOR – $50,000 and over
SILVER STAR – $25,000 to $49,999
BRONZE STAR – $10,000 to $24,999
PURPLE HEART – $5,000 to $9,999
•COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING: If your community in Central Nebraska would like to hold a fundraiser for the Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial, we as a committee would be available to give presentations on both the Memorial and Veterans Home projects.
If you would like to get involved, please email Bob Harpst.