NEBRASKA CITY – Ted Beilman gave Nebraska City Leadership Class 13 a tour of the Veterans Memorial Building where he is planning to honor over 150 veterans for the Nebraska Sesquicentennial on Veterans Day.
Beilman, who remembered the Veterans Memorial Building as cultural center from his childhood in Nebraska City, returned to town find it had been closed.
He told the Leadership Class that that while Memorial Stadium in Lincoln is the first structure in Nebraska dedicated to World War I veterans, the Veterans Memorial Building in Nebraska City was the first actual building.
The building was completed in 1929 and was closed in 2009, after the city asked the World of the Aging to find new quarters for its congregate meal.
The Nebraska City Alumni Association completed the last major renovation in 1982, with new curtains, air conditioning and a historic photo display. The alumni foundation also established a trophy room in the lower level.
Beilman said architects at Leo A Daly donated over $50,000 in time to develop a new, $4 million renovation plan that is geared to usefulness of the building.
The 100-foot veterans mural at Memorial Way will also be dedicated on Veterans Day. In honor of the state’s birthday, 150 flags will be given away.