NEMAHA COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL

Dedicated in 1989, this memorial was built to honor and preserve the memories of all Veterans. Just inside the entrance is an eagle sitting on a pillar of granite. The pillar is engraved with military seals and the words freedom, courage, honor, duty and service. Another granite pillar honors the area Veterans Killed in Action in various wars.

Black granite panels display meticulous etchings of war scenes, a gun salute by a cemetery, Veterans in different military branches, warships and planes. Engraved on the other wide of the panels are 1,000 Veterans’ names. Under the sitting benches are large and small engraved bricks of Veterans, local residents and business supporters’ names.

The memorial also displays several big and small features. This includes an actual Army tank is on site and a small red, white and blue honeybee sitting on the world, with a plaque that displays “Bee Free. This memorial is located in Auburn’s Legion Memorial Park, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Fred Wagar has had a long military career and a passion to assist Veterans with badly needed services. Wagar began his military career in 1975, serving as a combat engineer in the North Dakota National Guard until 1983. He took a seven-year hiatus until 1990 when he joined the Army.

Wagar had numerous deployments to the Middle East serving as an Arabic linguist/interrogator. After being discharged from the Army in 1998, he joined the Sioux Falls, SD Army Reserves. He was also active in the city’s Disabled American Veterans (DAV) National Service. This experience led him to being appointed as Supervisor of the DAV National Office in Reno, NV.

Wagar has been diligent about assisting Veterans and co-founded the Northern Nevada Wheelchair Program. This program provides free mobility equipment to Veterans and their dependents. Wagar, the Deputy Director of Operations for the Nevada Dept. of Veterans Services, is a life-time member of the DAV, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the American Legion.

AUBURN, NE

Stone Group Architects (SGA) is a proud supporter of our Veterans and Military Memorials. While we are strong supporters, SGA is independent from the memorials and does not claim responsibility of building or funding these memorials. SGA is a verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small business (SDVOSB) architectural firm, providing planning and design services to a variety of government clients.