City of Lincoln
2005 Media Releases
Seabees Memorial also to be dedicated at Veterans Memorial Garden
Mayor Coleen J. Seng will dedicate the Nebraska Liberty Bell as part of a public Veterans Day program at 11 a.m. Friday, November 11 at the Veterans Memorial Garden in Antelope Park. State Adjutant General Roger Lempke will be the keynote speaker for the program, which will include the dedication of the first Seabees Memorial in the State.
“The City’s Veterans Memorial Garden is the perfect place to observe Veterans Day and to reflect on the sacrifices our nation’s soldiers have made for freedom and liberty around the globe,” said Mayor Seng. “The addition of the Nebraska Liberty Bell and the Seabees Memorial will further enhance this place of honor.”
The history of the Nebraska Liberty Bell goes back to 1950, when the U.S. Department of the Treasury commissioned the casting of 55 full-sized replicas of the original Liberty Bell. The promotion was part of a savings bond drive with the slogan, “Save For Your Independence.” The bells were given to the states and territories to be displayed and rung during patriotic observances. Nebraska’s bell was in storage until this summer, when it was on display at Lincoln’s Haymarket Park for the 2005 baseball season. With the help of the Veterans Memorial Garden Advisory Committee, the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department, the Nebraska Army National Guard and the Lincoln Cares Program, the Nebraska Liberty Bell will now have a permanent place of honor near the Veterans Memorial Garden.
Seabees were created as part of the Navy from the civilian construction workers following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. The name “Seabees” is derived from the acronym for “construction battalion.” Seabees have a vital role in disaster relief efforts. The program will include the Sesostris Shrine Chanters singing the “Seabee Song”.
For one-half hour before and after the ceremony, Edwin Mukusha will perform a medley of songs on the bagpipe. The program also includes Zuri singing the “National Anthem” and “God Bless America” and a special presentation by the Stars and Stripes Sertoma Club. Those attending are encouraged to bring their own seating. If the weather is bad, the program will be moved to the Auld Recreation Center just west of the Veterans Memorial Garden.