"This crest is a powerful symbol of the bonds between our two nations," said Mayor Wesely. "With the crest and plaque on display, visitors can now learn about the history of the H.M.S. Lincoln and take pride in the ship bearing our city’s name."
The H.M.S. Lincoln was engaged in combat escort duty during the balance of the war, and the crest now on display was attached to the forward bridge bulkhead. It was presented to Lincoln’s Acting Mayor, Thomas R. Pansing, on August 18, 1950.
Members of the late Mayor Pansing’s family were on hand for today’s plaque dedication. Also attending was Royal Navy Captain Harry Keay (kee), who is stationed at U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base. Representatives of veterans’ organizations were also invited to the ceremony.
The crest had been displayed in the City Council Chambers in the previous County-City Building at 575 South 10th, now the Justice and Law Enforcement Center. When the city and county offices were moved to the new building at 555 South 10th in late 1997, the crest was put into storage until a suitable display site could be found.