Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman focused on Memorial Day recently in his weekly column. Here is an excerpt from that column.
“The Memorial (Day) Holiday offers a chance to pause and remember those who are no longer with us, particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice to our nation while serving in America's Armed Forces. I want to encourage you to attend one of the many observances that will occur across Nebraska in our local communities and help us honor the memories and sacrifices of our service members.”
Holiday observances are planned throughout the area. Note that not all activities are on Monday, which is the official federal holiday. Here is a sampling of public events:
» Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, 2300 S. 78th St.; 9:30 a.m. in Section D. A few folding chairs will be provided, but you may want to bring a lawn chair.
» Calvary Cemetery, 7710 West Center Road; 10 a.m. Mass with Archbishop George Lucas and the Rev. Michael Grewe.
» Holy Sepulchre Cemetery; 4912 Leavenworth St.; 10 a.m. Mass with the Rev. Jon Pietramale.
» Resurrection Cemetery, 7800 West Center Road in Holy Angels Mausoleum; 10 a.m. Mass with Archbishop Emeritus Elden F. Curtiss.
» St. Mary Cemetery, 3553 Q St.; 10 a.m. Mass with the Rev. William Safranek.
» St. Mary Magdalene Cemetery, 5226 S. 46th St.; 10 a.m. Mass with the Rev. Joseph Taphorn.
» Springfield Cemetery, east side of Nebraska Highway 50 on the north edge of Springfield; 10 a.m. program. Maj. Travis Smith of the 38th Reconnaissance Squadron will speak. American Legion Post 143 and VFW Post 9558 are sponsors.
» Forest Lawn Cemetery, 56th Street north of Sorensen Parkway; 10 a.m. annual Memorial Day ceremony put on by American Legion Post 1. Speakers will be State Sen. Annette Dubas of Fullerton and Col. Doug Risk of Offutt Air Force Base. Boy Scouts at the cemetery gate will direct visitors to the ceremony location.
» Lewis & Clark Landing, 515 N. Riverfront Drive; 10:30 a.m. observance and wreath-laying ceremony. Navy Capt. William J. Lear Jr. will be the keynote speaker. A wreath will be placed in the Missouri River to remember those who gave their lives for the nation.
» Memorial Park, 56th Street and Underwood Avenue; 11 a.m. Memorial Day ceremony. Gov. Dave Heineman will speak. Heroes of the Heartland Foundation sponsors the event.
» CANCELED – Prospect Hill Cemetery, 3202 Parker St.; 11 a.m. 35th annual Old-Fashioned Memorial Day Observance with music starting at 10:45 a.m. Historian David Wells will trace the path of the first Nebraska Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War and touch on the veterans of the Battle of Gettysburg interred at Prospect Hill. Music by Prospect Hill Preservation Brass Band.
» Heartland Airborne Memorial, Heartland of America Park, 800 Douglas St.; 1 p.m. ceremony with Army Col. Mike DeBolt as the keynote speaker. Heartland Airborne Memorial Association sponsors the event.
» Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home, 12505 S. 40th St. in Bellevue (40th Street and Capehart Road); 2 p.m. program will honor residents who have died in the last year. Taps will be played. Offutt Brass Ensemble will perform.
» The American Red Cross and Baker's Supermarkets in Omaha and Bellevue encourage blood donations this Memorial Day weekend by offering all presenting blood donors a gift card toward the purchase of pie during five special holiday weekend blood drives. They will be 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Baker's, 12025 West Center Road and 5555 N. 90th St., both in Omaha.
» Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St., will offer wild entertainment from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Monday. Event activities are free to zoo members or with regular paid admission.
» Lauritzen Gardens, First and Bancroft Streets, will offer a weekend of music from the Mobile Millennium Carillon, which brings the carillon down to ground level. The carillonneur will play at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Performances are free with membership or regular paid admission.
» All 10 locations of YMCA of Greater Omaha will host a free community day Monday in celebration of Memorial Day. Everyone is welcome. Each location will set its own hours and activities.
Compiled by Sue Story Truax with World-Herald News Service