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Veterans Memorial Garden

Visitor Information

A visit to this site will take you on a walking tour of many military monuments. A place of solemn beauty, the garden is the ideal setting for peaceful reflection and serves as a permanent reminder of the sacrifices that veterans have made to preserve our freedom. The Veterans Memorial Garden is located within Lincoln’s historic Antelope Park at 3200 Veteran’s Memorial Drive.
For more information about the garden and events, please contact Lincoln Parks and Recreation at (402) 441-7847.

  • Garden hours are 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. 
  • Admission is free, donations are accepted.
  • Restrooms are generally available from April to October (but currently closed due to COVID-19).
  • Parking is available north and south of the garden.
  • For everyone’s enjoyment of the garden, please:
    • Do not pick the flowers
    • Attend to children at all times
    • Stay on the paths and lawn areas
    • Leash your dog; pick up and dispose of pet waste
    • Walk your bicycle
    • No skateboards or roller blades


2020 Calendar of Events

Veterans Day and Pearl Harbor Day events are held in Auld Pavilion next to the Veterans Memorial Garden. Memorial Day, Bricks of Honor, and Patriot Day events are held in the garden, unless weather dictates that these events be moved to Auld Pavilion. You are encouraged to bring your own lawn chairs, although limited bench seating may be available.

Memorial Day

  • Lincoln Memorial Day Veterans Memorial Ceremony


Bricks of Honor Annual Dedication
  • Bricks of Honor Annual Dedication –postponed due to COVID-19
  • To order a Brick of Honor, visit lincolnparks.org


Patriot Day
  • Friday, September 11
  • Veterans Memorial Garden
  • Program time to be determined

Veteran’s Day Parade

Veteran’s Day
  • Wednesday, November 11
  • Auld Pavilion
  • 11 am program

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
  • Monday, December 7
  • Auld Pavilion
  • 11:55 am program


History

During the first week of June 1989, more than 80,000 people gathered in Antelope Park to view the traveling Vietnam Veteran Memorial Wall. The area where the “Wall” was located, originally a ball field, became sacred ground for many people and was never the same.

In the 1990s, the Persian Gulf War led to a new wave of pride and patriotism. Communities, states and the nation as a whole banded together to recognize and honor not only veterans of that time, but also service members of all eras and branches. Through the cooperative efforts of our community here Lincoln, the area was officially named the “Veteran’s Memorial Garden.”

The Veteran’s Memorial Garden Advisory Council was formed to recommend policy on issues relating to the development, design, programming and preservation of the garden area and all memorials contained in the garden. The Advisory Council is comprised of members who are committed to creating a place and promoting events that honor all veterans (both past and present) and their families.

Through the Advisory Council, an endowment account has been established with the Lincoln Parks Foundation to help maintain and improve the garden.


Military Memorials

Monuments standing in the garden today include Airborne, All Airmen, China Burma India, Disabled American Veterans, Doolittle Raiders, Ex-Prisoners of War, K-9 Corp, Korean War, Marine Corps, MIA-POW, Military Medical Personnel, Military Women, Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Post 9/11, Purple Heart Recipients, Silent Death, Special Forces, Tuskegee Airmen & Buffalo Soldiers, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Merchant Marine, U.S. Navy Armed Guard, US Navy Seabees, Vietnam Veterans Wall, Women Airforce Service Pilots, World War I, World War II, and 551St Strategic Missile Squadron.


Bricks of Honor

"A "Brick of Honor" is available for all veterans, living or deceased, who received an Honorable or General Discharge. Bricks for veterans organizations and auxiliary organizations will also be accepted.. All proceeds from brick sales go to improvements to and maintenance of the Veteran’s Memorial Garden. To order a Brick of Honor, please visit or contact the Lincoln Parks Foundation at (402) 441-8258 or lincolnparks.org. An annual event is held on the second Saturday in June at 10:00 a.m to dedicate new “Bricks of Honor” and to celebrate the uniqueness of Lincoln’s Veteran’s Memorial Garden. To order a Brick of Honor, visit or contact the Lincoln Parks Foundation at (402) 441-8258.


Veteran’s Memorial Garden Advisory Council

The Veteran’s Memorial Garden Advisory Council is comprised of 11 volunteer, mayoral appointed members, 7 of whom must be veterans. Additional information about the Council can be found here: lincoln.ne.gov/city/parks/about/vetmemgarden.htm.

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