NEBRASKA CITY – A Nebraska City man is doing his part to honor area veterans by creating military displays for Veteran’s Day.
In fact, Ted Beilman is attempting to make a lot of them, 150 to be exact.
“I’m trying to get one done a day, it doesn’t always happen, but I’m working on it,” says Beilman.
Beilman is now spending his days crafting intricate military exhibits in the old Applecore building. The retiree is making good progress.
“I’m almost one-third done, this is June, I’ve got until November 11th,” says Beilman.
He is trying to honor every military member from Otoe County, who served in war, beginning with World War I, all the way to present day.
Beilman then is planning to show his work, along with a mural that is being done separately, as a part of the Nebraska City’s ‘Nebraska 150’ celebration. He’ll have his exhibit in the Veteran Memorial Building on Veteran’s Day.
“A lot of these folks have basically been forgotten,” says Beilman. “I think it’s a good idea to try and remember these individuals who did go out and sacrifice their time, energy and many their lives in defense of our freedom,” says Beilman.
Beilman has gone to museums, spoken to veterans groups and done other research to find all these materials. While doing this, he has came upon several interesting individuals, including Col. William Hayward, a Nebraska City native, who is namesake for the local elementary school.
“He was working for the governor of New York and the governor asked him to put together a regiment of black soldiers, 80 percent of which came from Harlem. They became later known as the Harlem Hellfighters,” says Beilman.
He says he still needs information about many area soliders and asks that families of current and former military men, to contact him
“We want things like photographs, any kinds of memorabilia,” says Beilman.
Beilman is also planning on giving the displays to respective family after the event in November.