Upcoming in 2018
April 18, 2018 Doolittle Raiders Memorial Monument dedication
(NOT AT WYUKA – event at Antelope Park in the Veterans Memorial Gardens)
Program at 7pm to dedicate a new monument memorializing the April 18, 1942 attack on the Japanese mainland by 16 B-25’s with a total crew of 79. Referred to as Doolittle Raiders, one of the pilots, Lincoln native, Lt. Richard Joyce, is buried at Wyuka while 2 other crew members have connections to Lincoln.
May 4 and 5, annual Community Crops Plant Sale
Proceed to The Stables to get excited about the growing season and support a great community organization! They will have a fantastic selection of vegetable plants, tasty herbs and beautiful perennials.
May 28 – Memorial Day at Wyuka
Ceremony begins at 8:30am with parade to the Soldier’s Circle followed by a program. Speaker to be announced.
June 7-10 and 14-17, Flatwater Shakespeare Company Production
“The Tempest” directed by Ryan Kathman will be performed at the Swan Theatre (aka The Stables).
June 24 at 2pm, Wyuka Historical Walking Tour
Historian Ed Zimmer will guide you through the cemetery sharing his unique knowledge of many historical people and headstones.
December 15, 2018, “Be Their Witness” – annual Wreaths Across America event.
January 16, 2018 – Honoring Veterans of Desert Shield-Desert Storm
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.
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.