Ponca, NE (July 11, 2019) - I have been in a few counties that just don't seem motivated to honor their veterans. One of them seems not to have a single monument in the entire county - but I'm still looking there with a bit of hope. This small sign in front of the county courthouse is the only memorial effortt immediately visible when entering town. A quick ride around town to ask a few locals uncovered just what I usually get when asking directions to the nearest veterans memorial, "Uh, no, I don't think we have one of those." What can be done with a response of that nature. The local cemetery is always good for something.

A small group of volunteers were working at the top of the hill when we arrived. I immediately asked the question. . .   The response was familiar, "We don't have one in town, or anywhere in the county."  What? Nothing in the entire county? "Nope, the closest thing we have is the 'unknown soldier' monument. Over there, behind you."

I turned and saw, about 45 feet from me, a civil war soldier on a plinth with dedication. Obviously the volunteers don't look upon 'soldiers' as 'veterans' - especially when they honor the dead of the Civil War. Oh, this is Nebraska, so it could have been the "War of Northern Aggression."  In either case, this memorial fit my needs even if the locals don't bother to think of it as one. 

 

 

 

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