Veterans Day program to commemorate cornerstone laid at Nebraska State Capitol 100 years ago

By: - October 31, 2022 4:30 am

A Veterans Day program at the State Capitol will commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the setting of this cornerstone. (Courtesy of the Nebraska Capitol Commission)

LINCOLN — This year’s Veterans Day program at the State Capitol will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone at the Capitol honoring “those who fell in the service of their country.”

The program will be held in the 2nd floor rotunda of the State Capitol at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.

The U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Offutt Brass and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln University Singers will both perform, and color guards will be wearing World War I uniforms, reflecting the dress in 1922.

Dignitaries, including Gov. Pete Ricketts, Capitol Administrator Bob Ripley, Nebraska Department of Veterans Affairs Director John Hilgert and Nebraska Adjutant General Daryl Bohac, will provide remarks.

Wendy Adelson, the mother of Nebraska Marine Cpl. Daegan Page, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in August 2021, will be presented with a flag commemorating the service men and women who have fallen during the past 100 years.

The Nebraska Capitol Commission and the Department of Veterans Affairs are co-hosting the event, which will be streamed live on Nebraska Public Media beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The public is welcome to attend, though space is limited, officials said.

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Paul Hammel
Paul Hammel

Senior Reporter Paul Hammel has covered the Nebraska Legislature and Nebraska state government for decades. He started his career reporting for the Omaha Sun and later, editing the Papillion Times group in suburban Omaha. He joined the Lincoln Journal-Star as a sports enterprise reporter, and then a roving reporter covering southeast Nebraska. In 1990, he was hired by the Omaha World-Herald as a legislative reporter. Later, for 15 years, he roamed the state covering all kinds of news and feature stories. In the past decade, he served as chief of the Lincoln Bureau and enterprise reporter. Paul has won awards for reporting from Great Plains Journalism, the Associated Press, Nebraska Newspaper Association and Suburban Newspapers of America. A native of Ralston, Nebraska, he is vice president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation, a member of the Nebraska Hop Growers and a volunteer caretaker of Irvingdale Park in Lincoln.