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West Point to dedicate $1 million veterans park featuring 600 names

November 10, 2018

LINCOLN — After nearly three years of development, the American Veterans Park in West Point, Nebraska, will be dedicated on Sunday.

Almost $1 million was contributed to create the memorial on a formerly vacant, Main Street lot that was donated by a local bank.

The design features three black granite spires that represent God, country, and veterans and their families, as well as flags, six bronze sculptures and tiles featuring names of 600 veterans from northeast Nebraska and across the country.

“You have to pay homage to the people who sacrificed for the freedoms that you take for granted,” said Vaughn Beed, a West Point trucking company owner who was one of 13 members of the Veterans Park committee.

Donations came from 37 different states, Beed said. Contributions to add two more bronze sculptures and more tiles honoring veterans are still being sought, he said.

The dedication ceremony will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at 306 N. Main St. in West Point. In case of bad weather, the event will be moved to the Nielsen Community Center. For more information, go to americanveteranspark.com

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