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Markers To Be Dedicated August 14

The Milligan Memorial Committee held a meeting on April 17, in the Village/Library Conference Room. Committee members present were: Janet L. Bartels, Roma Bigelow, Shirley Brunkow, Merle Buzek, Dorothy Novak, Kathy Rischling and Dennis Steeby.

It was decided that Saturday, August 14, 2010, would be the day for the Dedication Ceremony and Program. The committee has begun discussing the details for the day’s events and activities. It is anticipated that the events will begin at 1 p.m. with a dedication ceremony at the location site of the markers, one-half mile north of Milligan on Highway 41.

After the ceremony at the markers, the remainder of the day’s activities will be in town. Starting at 1:30 p.m., the Milligan Czech Brass Band will play in the Centennial Garden and a Black Hawk Helicopter Static Display from the Nebraska National Guard Unit in Lincoln will be located near the garden.

The dedication program is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. and it will be approximately one-hour long. Immediately following the program, a barbeque picnic supper will be served in the garden by the Sons of the Milligan American Legion.

At 6 p.m., a slide presentation by Jerry Penry will be held in the Milligan Auditorium highlighting the three crashes, followed by a question and answer session. A reception and dance featuring the big band sounds of the 9-piece Leo Lonnie Orchestra will start at approximately 7 p.m.

Janet reported that John Lindahl with the Nebraska State Historical Program advised that the markers should be shipped out around May 14. It was recently discovered by a family member that an airman’s first name had been misspelled on the official report. Mr. Lindahl was able to contact the foundry and make that correction.

On April 9, a crew from the Department of Roads worked at the markers’ location and cut down the pine trees, ground the stumps and filled in the area with dirt. Shirley took pictures before, during and after the work was completed.

Janet was advised by Nebraska Department of Roads employee Frank Stepanek, who is in charge of permit applications, that District Supervisor Wes Wahlgren has denied the committee’s verbal request to put a flag pole on the north side of the markers. Mr. Stepanek provided Neb. Rev. Stat. § 39-1359 which states, “The rights-of-way acquired by the department shall be held inviolate for state highway and departmental purposes and no physical or functional encroachments, structures, or uses shall be permitted within such right-of-way limits, except by written consent of the department.”

In searching the Department of Roads website, an Application for Encroachment was found. It was also discovered that a person or organization can apply for a permit for an encroachment on the State’s right-of-way.

Committee members agreed that the application should be completed and sent in along with a letter of explanation, pictures of the markers’ site before and after, and any other documents to support the committee’s request for a cement base, a flag pole, for flying an U.S. flag north of the markers and for the planting of four deciduous trees in accordance with the policy of the NDOR to permit beautification of a right-of-way. Janet will complete the application and ask for permission to install a flag pole and to plant trees in accordance with NDOR landscaping manual and policy.

Merle reported that donations continue to be received and Janet distributed an updated donations list. Dennis has been updating the goal thermometer that is located in the auditorium to reflect the current total amount of donations.

Shirley has been submitting a picture and story of an airman on a weekly basis to the local papers. Shirley felt, and the committee agreed, that the pictures and stories that have been received should be shared so that the community has the opportunity to read about the airmen, their families and how these crashes affected them. Also, by publishing these stories, the community can see first-hand the progress that has been made in locating the relatives of the airmen and read about the steps it took to find the relatives. Dennis reported that he submitted the news story proposals to the local TV stations and is waiting to hear back. A letter explaining the goals and activities of the committee and requesting donations was included in the Milligan Alumni mailing.

The Research Subcommittee members summarized their continued efforts in obtaining information on the airmen involved in the crashes and their success in contacting family members. The committee members had several new pictures and contact stories to share, and it was decided that an additional display board would be set up in the auditorium’s south window. Committee members agreed to meet on Sunday, April 18, at 10 a.m., to set up the display of the recently obtained photographs.

Roma presented a list of improvements she would like to have the village complete prior to the dedication day. Those suggestions included putting flags on the light poles, contacting the owners of buildings on main street asking that they repair any broken windows, paint the wooden garbage can covers and the benches near the meat locker. Dennis advised that he will begin working on some of these requests and will present the others to the village board at its next meeting.

It was decided that the photographs and documents about the airmen and the crashes would be bound in a spiral book. Shirley contacted a couple of local publishing companies to obtain price quotes. Committee members agreed that we will need to charge a small fee to cover our expenses for the production of these books, but it was decided that we would do the copying in an effort to keep the costs as low as possible.

Dorothy reported that Judy Hromadka had contacted her and had offered to help the committee. It was agreed that Judy would be asked to work on such projects as making maps with directions from Milligan to the crash sites and with the assembly of the spiral book.

Janet presented a model as an idea for a float. The committee members agreed that the float could be pulled in the parades of the June Jubilee, Geneva Days, Western Picnic and Czech Days. Jo Zelenka has offered to do the lettering on the signs and Roma, Merle and Kathy will paint the boards prior to the lettering. The float would be built on a flat bed and Merle said he could pull that with his pickup. Janet offered to drive her convertible and the ladies of the committee could ride in it and throw candy out. Janet also presented mini flyers (4 inches x 5 inches) about the dedication day that could be passed during the parades.

Janet provided the committee members with revised drafts of the invitation, the outline of the day’s activities, a flyer prepared by Jerry Penry, the Dedication Ceremony and the Dedication Program. Revisions continue to be made to these documents. Committee members have started to make contact with individuals and organizations to confirm their participation in the dedication activities.The Milligan Memorial Committee held a meeting on April 17, in the Village/Library Conference Room. Committee members present were: Janet L. Bartels, Roma Bigelow, Shirley Brunkow, Merle Buzek, Dorothy Novak, Kathy Rischling and Dennis Steeby.

It was decided that Saturday, August 14, 2010, would be the day for the Dedication Ceremony and Program. The committee has begun discussing the details for the day’s events and activities. It is anticipated that the events will begin at 1 p.m. with a dedication ceremony at the location site of the markers, one-half mile north of Milligan on Highway 41.

After the ceremony at the markers, the remainder of the day’s activities will be in town. Starting at 1:30 p.m., the Milligan Czech Brass Band will play in the Centennial Garden and a Black Hawk Helicopter Static Display from the Nebraska National Guard Unit in Lincoln will be located near the garden.

The dedication program is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. and it will be approximately one-hour long. Immediately following the program, a barbeque picnic supper will be served in the garden by the Sons of the Milligan American Legion.

At 6 p.m., a slide presentation by Jerry Penry will be held in the Milligan Auditorium highlighting the three crashes, followed by a question and answer session. A reception and dance featuring the big band sounds of the 9-piece Leo Lonnie Orchestra will start at approximately 7 p.m.

Janet reported that John Lindahl with the Nebraska State Historical Program advised that the markers should be shipped out around May 14. It was recently discovered by a family member that an airman’s first name had been misspelled on the official report. Mr. Lindahl was able to contact the foundry and make that correction.

On April 9, a crew from the Department of Roads worked at the markers’ location and cut down the pine trees, ground the stumps and filled in the area with dirt. Shirley took pictures before, during and after the work was completed.

Janet was advised by Nebraska Department of Roads employee Frank Stepanek, who is in charge of permit applications, that District Supervisor Wes Wahlgren has denied the committee’s verbal request to put a flag pole on the north side of the markers. Mr. Stepanek provided Neb. Rev. Stat. § 39-1359 which states, “The rights-of-way acquired by the department shall be held inviolate for state highway and departmental purposes and no physical or functional encroachments, structures, or uses shall be permitted within such right-of-way limits, except by written consent of the department.”

In searching the Department of Roads website, an Application for Encroachment was found. It was also discovered that a person or organization can apply for a permit for an encroachment on the State’s right-of-way.

Committee members agreed that the application should be completed and sent in along with a letter of explanation, pictures of the markers’ site before and after, and any other documents to support the committee’s request for a cement base, a flag pole, for flying an U.S. flag north of the markers and for the planting of four deciduous trees in accordance with the policy of the NDOR to permit beautification of a right-of-way. Janet will complete the application and ask for permission to install a flag pole and to plant trees in accordance with NDOR landscaping manual and policy.

Merle reported that donations continue to be received and Janet distributed an updated donations list. Dennis has been updating the goal thermometer that is located in the auditorium to reflect the current total amount of donations.

Shirley has been submitting a picture and story of an airman on a weekly basis to the local papers. Shirley felt, and the committee agreed, that the pictures and stories that have been received should be shared so that the community has the opportunity to read about the airmen, their families and how these crashes affected them. Also, by publishing these stories, the community can see first-hand the progress that has been made in locating the relatives of the airmen and read about the steps it took to find the relatives. Dennis reported that he submitted the news story proposals to the local TV stations and is waiting to hear back. A letter explaining the goals and activities of the committee and requesting donations was included in the Milligan Alumni mailing.

 

The Research Subcommittee members summarized their continued efforts in obtaining information on the airmen involved in the crashes and their success in contacting family members. The committee members had several new pictures and contact stories to share, and it was decided that an additional display board would be set up in the auditorium’s south window. Committee members agreed to meet on Sunday, April 18, at 10 a.m., to set up the display of the recently obtained photographs.

Roma presented a list of improvements she would like to have the village complete prior to the dedication day. Those suggestions included putting flags on the light poles, contacting the owners of buildings on main street asking that they repair any broken windows, paint the wooden garbage can covers and the benches near the meat locker. Dennis advised that he will begin working on some of these requests and will present the others to the village board at its next meeting.

It was decided that the photographs and documents about the airmen and the crashes would be bound in a spiral book. Shirley contacted a couple of local publishing companies to obtain price quotes. Committee members agreed that we will need to charge a small fee to cover our expenses for the production of these books, but it was decided that we would do the copying in an effort to keep the costs as low as possible.

Dorothy reported that Judy Hromadka had contacted her and had offered to help the committee. It was agreed that Judy would be asked to work on such projects as making maps with directions from Milligan to the crash sites and with the assembly of the spiral book.

Janet presented a model as an idea for a float. The committee members agreed that the float could be pulled in the parades of the June Jubilee, Geneva Days, Western Picnic and Czech Days. Jo Zelenka has offered to do the lettering on the signs and Roma, Merle and Kathy will paint the boards prior to the lettering. The float would be built on a flat bed and Merle said he could pull that with his pickup. Janet offered to drive her convertible and the ladies of the committee could ride in it and throw candy out. Janet also presented mini flyers (4 inches x 5 inches) about the dedication day that could be passed during the parades.

Janet provided the committee members with revised drafts of the invitation, the outline of the day’s activities, a flyer prepared by Jerry Penry, the Dedication Ceremony and the Dedication Program. Revisions continue to be made to these documents. Committee members have started to make contact with individuals and organizations to confirm their participation in the dedication activities.