NVVM Ceremonial Groundbreaking

The Nebraska Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be located to the west of Sumtur Amphitheater. Mayor David Black, Governor Pete Ricketts and Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel were among the speakers at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the memorial.

The NVVMF Groundbreaking made us all proud! Many of the NVVMF Honorary Committee members were present along with donors and Vietnam Veterans for this major event. Pageantry included the Papillion LaVista South High School NJROTC posting and retiring the colors as well as a ceremonial US flag held high by two fire trucks.

Let us acknowledge Chuck Hagel for his inspiring keynote presentation. He, along with the other speakers – NVVMF Board member Mick Wagoner, Mary Hawkins, and Governor Pete Ricketts ensured that Vietnam Veterans Day was very well honored in Nebraska!

Mayor Black as master of ceremonies led us through the occasion very respectfully despite the windy afternoon. In addition, the City of Papillion coordinated the Groundbreaking logistics at the SumTur Amphitheater with Board member Lisa Cuevas-Jorgensen. Thanks to the NVVMF Board and all those who volunteered to make this a stellar event.

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