One-Of-A-Kind Memorial To Go Next To New Veterans Home

KEARNEY—The Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial committee is excited to announce the plans for erecting a memorial next to the Central Nebraska Veterans Home in Kearney. This memorial will be a collection of stones honoring those who served, fought, and died for this great nation. The memorial will feature two types of stones; service stones and conflict stones.

The service stones will be made of concrete measuring approximately 20 feet tall, 8 feet wide, and 3 feet thick. The stones will then be covered with granite tiles and will have the appropriate branch of service symbol and a detailed factual historical description of that service, according to

There will be eight stones that will display the branches of service that hold a seat on the Joint Chiefs of Staff which include Army, Navy, Marines, Air force, Coast Guard, and National Guard. The other two stones will be dedicated to POW/MIA and the Merchant Marines (due to its significant contribution to World War II).

The conflict stones will also be made of concrete and covered in granite tiles, but will measure approximately 8 feet tall, 6 feet wide, and 2.2 feet thick. The conflicts chosen were based on those recognized by the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign wars as eligible for membership in those organizations. Each conflict stone will also include a plaque describing the conflicts factual history.

The entire $2 million project has hopes of being constructed using only private and public donations with the hopes of completion in late 2018 or 2019. Details of the project can be found on the Central Nebraska Veterans Memorial website, If you would like to get involved, please email Bob Harpst at or call (308) 237-3114.

Video of the project can be found by clicking the following link: CNVM Stone Memorial Project