Veterans' Tribute
Rendering of Veterans' Tribute looking west from entrance

A Permanent Reminder in a Prominent Space

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL) and members of the larger Nebraska community seek to honor veterans and military service members by creating a Veterans’ Tribute on Memorial Mall, near the Pershing Military and Naval Science building. With the support of individuals like you, a beautiful, thought-provoking space will be a permanent reminder of the courage and sacrifice of so many veterans, men and women from all branches of the military, and their families.

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Overhead view of Veterans' Tribute

A Place for All to Reflect

All members of the UNL community and visitors will experience the space as they walk down Memorial Mall. It will be an enduring reminder of the sacrifices, courage and dedication — past, present and future — of the brave men and women who serve our country.

This is not a memorial, but rather a constant reminder of the heroes who walk among us, a tribute to the men and women from our community willing to sacrifice for something larger than themselves. And what better place for it to rest than at the heart and core of the UNL community.

John Hilgert, ‘86 Captain, U.S. Army, 1989-92
Rendering of Veterans' Tribute looking towards Memorial Stadium

Service Before Self

The design calls for glass panels depicting moments in a veteran or service member’s life, including training, deployment, family life and humanitarian missions. There will be words engraved on the steps that reflect what it means to serve. There will also be trees, seating and landscaping that will create a serene place on campus for reflecting and remembering.Designing the Veterans’ Tribute brought together people with varying military experiences and backgrounds. They agreed that they all wanted the space to have certain characteristics:

  • to honor veterans, members of the military and their families;
  • to illustrate the multiple facets of a service member’s life, including the importance of family, faith and camaraderie, while also depicting the personal sacrifice that military service entails; and
  • to create a space that will be used for education, reflection, rest and study

The Veterans’ Tribute is a place to recognize the role of military service in higher education, our communities and country. It is a place where we honor and respect all whose service represents what we stand for ... as citizens, service members, veterans and families... past, present and future.

Annette Wiechert, Ed.D., ‘71 CDR, USN (Ret).