LINCOLN — After nearly three years of development, the American Veterans Park in West Point, Nebraska, will be dedicated on Sunday.

Almost $1 million was contributed to create the memorial on a formerly vacant Main Street lot that was donated by F&M Bank.

The park features three granite spires that represent God, country, and veterans and their families, as well as flags, six bronze sculptures by artist Sutton Betti and tiles listing the names of 600 veterans from northeast Nebraska and across the country.

“You have to pay homage to the people who sacrificed for the freedoms that you take for granted,” said Vaughn Beed, a West Point trucking company owner who is one of 13 members of the Veterans Park committee.

Donations came from 37 states, Beed said. Contributions to add two more bronze sculptures and more tiles honoring veterans are still being sought, he said.

The dedication ceremony will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at 306 N. Main St. in West Point, a town of about 3,300 that is 70 miles northwest of Omaha. In case of bad weather, the event will be moved to the Nielsen Community Center. For more information, go to americanveteranspark.com.

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