The Nebraska Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation (NVVMF) is proud to announce a transformative gift of $250,000 by Facebook towards the realization of the Nebraska Vietnam Veterans Memorial, to be located in Papillion, Nebraska. Facebook’s gift will serve as the lead gift for the NVVMF Education Fund, which will ensure that ongoing and impactful educational curricula about Nebraska’s contributions to the Vietnam War are possible far into the future.
“Facebook is excited that Sarpy County will be home to this important Memorial which will serve as a community connection point and provide valuable learning opportunities,” said Matt Sexton, Community Development Manager for Facebook’s Sarpy Data Center. “We are proud to support this important initiative that will help Nebraskans and students across the state honor those who served through this community feature for generations to come.”
The Memorial, expected to be completed in 2023, will be located next to SumTur Amphitheater, just south of 108th and Highway 370, in Papillion, Nebraska. The physical Memorial will include a restored UH-1 Huey helicopter and rescue display; 11 obelisks creating a historical journey through the events of the Vietnam War; an honor wall for the 396 Nebraska military personnel Killed In Action (KIA); flag poles for the flags of the United States, POW/MIA, and five branches of the U.S. Military; benches and greenspace for reflection and rest; and technological enhancements to sustain the experience and viability of the Memorial long-term, including the organization’s website www.NVVMF.org.
Dr. Andrew Rikli, superintendent of Papillion La Vista Community Schools, and Papillion Mayor David Black are two Honorary Committee members that are encouraged with the collaboration for the benefit of the State and NVVMF.
“Papillion La Vista Community Schools is proud to partner with the Nebraska Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund. We are thrilled that Facebook has generously donated $250,000 to enhance the educational impact of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial” said Dr. Rikli. “This Memorial will include an educational component that will allow all current and future Nebraskans to understand and honor the sacrifice our Vietnam Veterans have made to safeguard our freedoms. Thanks to Facebook for their support, and thanks to the men and women in our armed forces for their commitment to our country.”
“The City of Papillion is proud of the long-term partnership we have established with the Nebraska Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation for the State’s physical Memorial,” said David Black, Mayor of Papillion. “The vision of the NVVMF has always been to include both an educational and a virtual component to the Memorial. This generous grant from Facebook provides important funding that bridges those physical and virtual goals. Portions of the funding also will enable students from around the State to visit the Memorial.”
“This is an exciting milestone for the Nebraska Vietnam Veterans Memorial,” said NVVMF President Tom Brown. “It’s important that we remember and share the stories of the 396 Nebraskans who lost their lives in the Vietnam War. Their unique stories offer thought provoking and heartfelt lessons for our future. This generous gift from Facebook is a major step in seeing this memorial become a reality.”