New veterans memorial open to public in Oxford

There are 289 names on the monuments of those who fought, served and died for our country.

OXFORD, Neb. —The Oxford Area Veterans Memorial committee had been working to open its new site for about two years.

There are 289 names on the monuments of those who fought, served and died for our country.

"The Civil War, Spanish and American War, Vietnam, Korea, every conflict that we've been in is pretty well represented here," said Mike Quinn, who is the chairman of Oxford Area Veterans Memorial committee.

Quinn said the the community played a huge part in getting the memorial up.

"Most of the money which is like $155,000 that we've raised so far came in, in 5, 10, 20 dollar donations," Quinn said.

The stones were shipped to Oxford from South Dakota. The Holdrege Monument Company did the unloading and typing of each name on the memorial.

"Each piece weighs about 4,000 pounds - almost two tons," said Steve Klein who works at Holdrege Monument Company.

Sierra Klein also works at Holdrege Monument Company. She hand typed each name on the monuments.

"It was an honor for them to contact us and do this project for them and it's been really fun," Klein said.

The Oxford Area Veterans Memorial is the first memorial of this kind in Oxford.

Mike Quinn said to get a name on it, you do not have to be from Oxford. .

"We want to honor veterans worldwide if that's possible," Quinn said.

On Sunday, May 27 at 1 p.m., there will be a dedication for the memorial site.

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