Upcoming in 2018
December 15, 2018, “Be Their Witness” – annual Wreaths Across America event.
2018 Wreaths Across America events include the kick-off ceremony on Monday, December 10th at 11am in the state capitol and at Wyuka Cemetery for the laying of the wreaths on Saturday, December 15th also at 11am. For a video interview with Wyuka Historical Foundation Vice President Diane Bartels see City Focus (NOTE: interview starts at 15:42)
October 19, 2018 at 7:30pm
Enjoy an evening fun-run through the cemetery with live music and refreshments afterwards in The Stables. More information and registration is available by clicking on this non-affiliated organization website.
Lincoln historian Ed Zimmer hosted the annual fall tour through Wyuka Cemetery at 2pm on Sunday, October 7, 2018. The misty cool weather did not dampen the enthusiasm that Ed has for the Wyuka tour, nor those that participated. Thank you Lincoln for supporting Wyuka!
Virtual tour and interviews with Ed Zimmer and Diane Bartels to be aired on 5 City TV (Wyuka story at 17:21 minutes) as part of the “Live and Learn” series hosted by Leta Powell Drake.
Desert Shield-Desert Storm Ceremony
A wreath placed in honor of 1st Lt. Pete Rose
On January 16, 2018 a wreath was placed at the Desert Shield – Desert Storm monument in Wyuka. A program included special remembrance of 1st Lt. Pete Rose, 1267th detachment commander, who lost his life during the deployment. Open the Events page (left menu) for more information.
In November of 1990, the 24th and 1267th Nebraska Army National Guard air ambulance companies were ordered to war in the desert. Around 250 Lincoln-based soldiers had less than a week to get themselves, their Huey medical helicopters, mission equipment, and their lives together before heading to the Persian Gulf. It was their first major combat deployment since WWII. But, Nebraska’s “citizen soldiers” were trained and committed to fulfilling the mission to which they has been ordered.
Hundreds of people waving U.S. flags lined “O” St. to watch the helicopters in formation leave Lincoln. Yellow ribbons were tied to the iron fence at Wyuka Cemetery.
When they reached Saudi Arabia in January, 1991, their mission was to air evacuate military and civilian injured. Many of them were Iraqi.
Several former guardsman helped place a wreath at Wyuka’s Desert Shield – Desert Storm monuments. A special remembrance of 1st Lt. Pete Rose, 1267th detachment commander, who lost his life during the deployment, was part of the event.
Guardsmen Greg Wood, Tom McBride and Linda Plock join Diane Bartels of the Wyuka Historical Foundation in the wreath laying.
2017 Wreaths Across America
A military contingency from all services was joined by several hundred people for the annual Wreaths Across America event laying hundreds of fresh wreaths on veteran’s graves in Wyuka. Retired Senator Ben Nelson provided remarks after each service branch ceremoniously laid the first wreaths honoring their fallen veterans while a trumpeter played their service song.