A hearty Saturday Salute goes this week to Dave and Kelly Davis, as well as the volunteers from VFW Post 1347 and its auxiliary, who erected a patriotic display at the Nebraska Veterans Cemetery this week.
The Davises built a wooden cross that is painted with stars and stripes, as well as wooden cutouts of a soldier praying. They positioned them, along with 30 small white crosses, in the cemetery’s northwest corner.
The display will remain in place until Wednesday.
Dave Davis long has been aware of the need for improvements and proper maintenance at the cemetery, which is located next to the former home of the Grand Island Veterans Home. He said they would have created the display even if there wasn’t a fundraising drive underway, but they also wanted to draw attention to the need for donations to make the cemetery a Nebraska State Veterans Cemetery.
The Hall County Hero Flight Association is collecting donations for the local match of federal funding for the project. A total of $750,000 in donations is needed by Aug. 1.
The expansion and improvement of the cemetery are important, Davis said.
Small donations add up, he said. “So every penny counts right now.”
Only cash and check donations are being accepted because the money must be in hand by the deadline.
Make checks payable to The Hall County Hero Flight and mail them to: The Hall County Hero Flight Association, 131 S. Locust St., Grand Island, NE 68801.
GILT is showing off its talent
We also salute the Grand Island Little Theatre members who have come together to create a variety show titled “GILT’s Got Talent.”
The show is available online through Monday. There is no charge to view the prerecorded talent show.
It includes music and comedy. Brett Peters sings Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be.” Sarah Wolfe plays “The Great Train Race” on the flute. Jeanette Benson sings “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man” from “Show Boat.” Pianist Mark Landis plays Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out.”
Hayden Price and Celia Sutherland portray a couple on a date. So do Dave Hulinsky and Coree Sattley, as well as Monika Peters and Norbert Wenzl.
Two Central Catholic students, Michael Erives and Aidan Perales, play “Mi Casa, Su Casa” on the drums.
“When I Sing in My Car” is performed by Katherine Welk.
Other performances feature Jeannee Fossberg, Larry Sattley, and Scott and Julie Miller.
Monika Peters coordinated the musical performances. Hulinsky organized the skits and recorded and edited the video.