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July 18, 2011

Audrey Hester, Administrative Assistant, Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home,
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Legacy Veterans Memorial Garden Groundbreaking Held

Lincoln—July 14 was a special day at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home. Not only did the date mark the four-year anniversary of its opening, but held in conjunction was a dedication of newly installed bio-retention gardens and a groundbreaking event for the Legacy Veterans Memorial Garden. The groundbreaking initiates Phase One of the project.

“We are honored to be the recipient of a lot of hard work and support from the Legacy Veterans Group, Green Bellevue, and the community to make the grounds of the home more beautiful for the veterans we serve,” said Jeff Smith, Administrator of the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home.

The garden will encompass a 5-acre space behind the Veterans’ Home. The Legacy Veterans Group continues an on-going fundraising effort to construct and maintain the memorial garden at the veterans’ home. Anybody can purchase a brick for $100, with proceeds going to the garden.

Please visit for more information about the garden or to learn more about the Eastern Nebraska Veterans’ Home.

The Veterans’ Home is a facility operated by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.


See photo below. Participating in the Legacy Veterans Memorial Garden groundbreaking are (L to R): Jeff Smith, ENVH Administrator; Bruce Husted, American Legion; Aimee Middleton, Legacy Veterans Group; Courtney Kucirek, Legacy Veterans Group; Julie Bruning, Director, Legacy Veterans Group; Don Preister, Bellevue City Council; Bill Bowes, Legacy Veterans Group; and Tom Blacketer, ENVH Maintenance Supervisor.

Picture of Legacy Veterans Memorial Garden groundbreaking