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Hundreds attend Veterans Day ceremonies in Lincoln

By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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Scores of area residents attended two Veterans Day ceremonies Sunday in Lincoln, with 300-plus at a Lincoln Hills ceremony and a standing-room-only crowd of 100-plus at the Lincoln Veterans Hall.

Sunday was the 100th anniversary of World War I’s end.

Christopher Anthony, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 3010 commander, urged veterans to share memories of the service with family members and friends. Anthony was the Lincoln Veterans Hall ceremony’s keynote speaker.

“How often do we share with our friends or do we go home and hide,” Anthony asked the audience. “Sometimes, it is hard to be proud of our service because we have lost so much.”

Please don’t ever feel alone or hide your service,” Anthony added. “Be proud of what you’ve accomplished. Service to your country is not a competition but being part of a family. What you did means something. Be proud of your service.”

In addition to the Roseville Community Concert Band performing, the Lincoln Hills Veterans Day Ceremony included cowboy poet Larry Maurice reading two poems and the Whitney High School Reserve Officer Training Corps posting the colors. Lincoln Hills Veterans Group chaplain Bill Lewis gave the invocation.

Ed Foley, the Lincoln Hills Veterans Group’s second president, greeted everyone attending the Lincoln Hills Veterans Day Ceremony. Foley served in the U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Harwood and is a veteran of the Cold War.

“We were chasing submarines in the North Atlantic from 1955 to 1965,” Foley said. “We would try to hold down Russian subs that were refueling off of freighters and fishing boats. I was an electronic technician and I was on the yardarm all the way out.”

And some served the military without being a member of one of the branches.

Karen Krenovsky, a Lincoln Area Archives Museum docent, was a civilian teacher in Germany for the U.S. Department of Defense in the early 1960s. If war broke out when she was there, Krenovsky said, she would have assumed the rank of lieutenant.

“There were a lot of things going on during the Cold War while I was there. The Bay of Pigs, the Kennedy assassination and the wall had been up for two years,” Krenovsky said. “We were put on alert and restricted to base when Kennedy was assassinated. We didn’t know if it was a plot by a foreign power.”

The museum Sunday had a special display of photographs honoring 120 Lincoln veterans. Museum docent Peggy Manolis said the tribute to Lincoln veterans is a chance to recognize them and educate the public.

“We’re trying to honor the Lincoln veterans and many school children don’t know the branches of the Armed Services,” Manolis said. “Displays like this make people more aware.”

Museum docent Bill Monk said the display is “really cool.”

“It brought a lot of people in the museum, who had never been here before,” Monk said. “The display was mesmerizing.”