What I didn't realize is that these boats were also used during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. The three statues depict a soldier from each of these.
The figures here honor all members of the National Guard and the Reserves, especially those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Freedom Memorial in the rear reminds us of the commitment and sacrifices that our military has made to preserve our freedom. The sculpture contains a beam from the World Trade Center and the eagle represents our promise to the future.
To complete our stay in Nebraska, we spent one night in Blair at the city park ($15 - way too much, but they did have electric and a dump.) As we drove into town, we noticed something didn't look right.
All the north and west facing windows were gone.
Not to mention the damage to the siding. (I thought this window had been spared, but it's just covered in plastic instead of wood.)
We got the scoop. About a month previous to our visit, hail devastated the area. Our waitress said she lives north of town and lost multiple trees to wind. Although most of the car windows had been fixed since then, she said it was the weirdest thing to see everyone driving around with broken windshields. Wow! I guess we're okay giving the town $15 to stay.
Just east of Blair is the DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge which is a migration flyway. Since it was not spring or fall, that was not the draw for our visit.