The purpose of the Veteran’s Park in Humphrey, Nebraska is to recognize servicemen and women across all branches of the United States military for their service and sacrifice to our great nation during times of war and peace. It will serve as a place of remembrance and solidarity. A place to celebrate honorable choices and sacrifices. It will be where we reflect on the past and educate the future. As we move forward in an unsure world, we pray this memorial will serve as a reminder of those who gave all so that we may live free in this great country.
History of Construction
The community of Humphrey has had a memorial site honoring its veterans for many years. It is a small structure constructed of individual bricks upon which a plaque with a veteran’s name, branch, and years of service is placed. In 2012, after many years of neglect, the 6th grade classes from Humphrey St. Francis and Humphrey Public Schools embarked on the task of renovating the old memorial site as a dual class project. With the help of their teachers Mary Jane Nobel, Mary Helen Fuchs and Kevin Brandl they
formulated a plan to replace broken name plates and clean and repair the entire structure. The Humphrey American Legion Post 80 was consulted by the grade school classes with questions regarding military service and recognition. Following these discussions about the structure, the Legion decided to research the possibility of building a new veteran memorial in Humphrey.
In 2015, the Humphrey American Legion Post 80 made the official decision to begin the process of building a new veteran memorial in Humphrey. In 2018, after years of planning and trying to find a viable location for the project, the Legion was given a parcel of land through a generous donation by Mark and Marcelline Foltz.