The new Pickrell Veterans Memorial is located along the Gage County town’s main street. It consists of several black granite monuments, three stone benches and seven flags.
Coordinator Marilyn Schlake says the project was four years in the making.
“Back in 2014, we started with the idea and it just kept mushrooming,” Schlake says. “Now, we have this beautiful monument that was a lot further along, more than we anticipated to start with, but we’re very, very proud of what the community has put together.”
Two of the black polished monuments are etched with the names of 163 local men and women who’ve served our country over the decades. That’s a lot for a town with a population of only 200.
“It’s been fun watching some of the veterans come and find their names,” she says. “This community is very supportive of it, once they saw it all put together and very proud.”
Pickrell is located just east of Highway 77 between Beatrice and Lincoln. Schlake hopes the monument sends a message to visitors.
“We are proud of our community. We are proud of the individuals who have been a part of our community and we value everybody that wants to be a part of this community,” she says. “Hopefully, they’ll see that Pickrell is a special place.”
Flags of the United States, the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and a POW flag fly at the memorial. With the current design, there is room for about 20 more veteran’s names on the granite stones.
The monument was dedicated on Sunday during the community’s annual picnic.
By Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice