Hartington is set to dedicate a memorial to military veterans on May 27

By: - May 17, 2023 11:21 am
Hartington veterans

The northeast Nebraska community of Harrington will dedicate a memorial May 27 to more than 1,000 military veterans. (Courtesy of Darin Epperly)

LINCOLN — More than three years of planning and fundraising in Hartington will culminate May 27 with the dedication of a veterans memorial in its business district.

The granite, steel and concrete memorial lists names of 1,060 veterans from the northeast Nebraska community who served in the military.

“Our goal was to deliver a memorial that we could all be proud of and that would last for many generations,“ said Dan Kathol, the chairman of the project.

 The monument, he said, fulfills a longtime desire by local veterans to honor their fellow veterans. It sits on a lot donated by two local veterinarians, Drs. Ben and Erin Schroeder, who are featured on the reality show, “Heartland Docs, DVM.”

More than 320 individuals, families and businesses contributed money or labor toward the project. It cost $150 to list a veteran.

A dedication ceremony is planned May 27 at 2 p.m., followed by a reception at the Hartington VFW Hall.

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Paul Hammel
Paul Hammel

Senior Reporter Paul Hammel has covered the Nebraska state government and the state for decades. Previously with the Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha Sun, he is a member of the Omaha Press Club's Hall of Fame. He grows hops, brews homemade beer, plays bass guitar and basically loves traveling and writing about the state. A native of Ralston, Nebraska, he is vice president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation.