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VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System

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NEWS RELEASE: Veterans Affairs Medical Center to Honor Fallen Heroes

May 20, 2014

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OMAHA, Neb. — The Sixth Annual Memorial Day Commemoration will be held at 4 p.m. May 23 at the VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System medical center main flag pole at 4101 Woolworth Ave, Omaha, Neb.

The event is to honor America’s fallen heroes who served in the U.S. armed forces.

This year’s keynote speakers are Frank Bracken, President, Post 279, Vietnam Veterans of America, and Dottie Barickman, President, VVA Nebraska State Council.

The event includes music by the U.S. Air Force Heartland of America Band Offutt Brass, a joint veteran service organization color guard and the VA Police Service ceremonial honor guard.

The event will culminate with the laying of memorial wreaths, playing of taps and a formal retreat ceremony.

The community is encouraged to attend.

MEDIA NOTE:  News media interested in covering this event should contact the VA public affairs office at 402-995-4719 or e-mail


About VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System

The VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System’s mission is to honor America’s Veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well-being. VA NWIHCS employees serve more than 161,000 Veterans in Nebraska, western Iowa and portions of Kansas and Missouri. The system includes a tertiary medical center in Omaha and a Community Living Center in Grand Island, Neb.  Community-based outpatient clinics are located in Lincoln, Grand Island, North Platte, Norfolk, and Bellevue, Neb., and Shenandoah, Iowa; and a contract outreach clinic in O’Neill, Neb. For more information, visit 

For further information, contact:
Will Ackerman -- Public Affairs Officer, VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
Office:  (402) 995-4719; Cell:  (402) 332-6780