Veterans Monument - City Park
12th Street and Linden Ave.
The City Park veterans area, at the northwest corner of the park and south of the Post Office, includes the M4 Sherman tank, cardinal sculpture, and veteran recognition bricks.
In 2018, City of Crete Public Works employees built the first two, oversized, wooden easels, which pair with concrete frames to hold recognition bricks to honor local veterans. There are currently three concrete frames; two are complete, with 50 veteran bricks each.
The Sherman tank was originally placed in the park in July 1960 by members of the National Guard. Maintenance in recent years was performed by guard members from the Combined Support Maintenance Shop at the Nebraska National Guard base in Lincoln.
About 50,000 M4’s were produced during WWII and Crete’s is an M4A3E8 produced in 1944. Many tanks of this configuration also served throughout the Korean Conflict. The tank was repainted to reflect its accurate service numbers and insignia.
Veteran Recognition Bricks
Order forms are available to purchase recognition bricks for $75 each. Each veteran’s name, dates and branch of service, and war or conflict in which he or she served can be displayed on three lines of text available on each brick. Forms are available at the Utility Office at City Hall or at the link below and must be returned with payment to the Utility Office.
The subject of each brick must be a current or past reserve or active duty member of the U.S. Armed Forces: Air Force, Army, Navy, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps, including the Army National Guard and Air National Guard. He or she should have a connection or association to Crete: relative of a community member, live or once lived in Crete, were stationed at the Crete armory or were employed in Crete.
Please refer to the order form for more information. Please call the Public Works Office with questions, 402.826.4312.