This site is dedicated to all who served
November 11, 2007. What a wonderful day!! Hundreds of caring citizens came to Parkview Cemetery for the dedication of the Monument. We were all blessed by beautiful weather and passionate people who spoke from the heart about what it means to be a veteran. When one looked around, you could see tears shed by those who were listening to every word that was coming from the podium. This day, this beautiful day, made all of the thousands of hours of work by many, many people very worthwhile. The individual monuments pay tribute to those who have served, or are currently serving our great nation. Also on these stones are 172 names of servicemen who were willing to sacrifice all to give us our freedom and allow us to live the American dream. The monument at the entrance to the cemetery is a sight to behold. As you can see in the picture below, the etchings are fabulous. When this monument was uncovered at the end of the ceremony, the sounds coming from the crowd were inspiring and very moving. There were shouts of joy and tears of sorrow as the grandeur of the stone was seen the first time by one and all. Finally, the emotion was felt as waves of onlookers could wait no longer to see for themselves the names of those whom they held dear to their heart. Hundreds left their seats and found their way to find their loved one's name. Yes, it truly was a wonderful day!! Congratulations to all of our Adams County service men and women whose names are literally etched in stone. You will not be forgotten.
As you might recall, the idea for the Adams County Veteran's Monument started out because of Hastings resident Kim Wilder. For many years Kim thought it would be a grand idea to have a Monument in a central location that would honor all who served and are serving their country in the armed forces from Adams County. She contacted the American Legion and Auxiliary's from Hastings, Holstein, Kenesaw and Juniata, Nebraska; as well as the VFW and Auxiliary and the DAV Chapter in Hastings. She then talked with some friends and acquaintances and the results were rather astonishing, to say the least. The Adams County Veterans Monument committee was formed. They approached the Hastings City Council with their idea of where they felt the best location to house the Monument might be. By the consent of the Mayor and City Council, the good citizens of Hastings have allowed the Monument Committee to place the Adam's County Veteran's Monument at Parkview Cemetery in Hastings, Nebraska. Later, the Adams County Board of Supervisor's unanimously approved funding to allow the names of all 172 fallen soldiers from Adams County to be placed on the appropriate monument.
The rest, as they say, is history.
The Monument Committee would like to express to you their heartfelt gratitude for visiting this site. We also hope that you will be as enthused by this project as we are.
Please accept this invitation to view a slide show of photos taken on the day of the dedication. Click this link to view the show through Windows Media Player.
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Roster of Adams County Fallen
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