To honor those who lost their lives in battle, the Sioux Lookout chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will sponsor the exhibit of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier replica in North Platte July 31-Aug 1.

While parking passes are required, admission to see the memorial is free to the public and will be held at the Buffalo Bill State Historical Park. The time is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on both days.

The tomb is a monument dedicated to American service members who have died without their remains being identified. The original tomb is in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. This is the 100th anniversary of the Tomb.

To commemorate the tomb in North Platte, a horse-drawn funeral procession with an U.S. flag-draped casket will travel through town on Saturday morning, July 31, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the 20th Century Veterans Memorial. It will proceed to the Buffalo Bill State Historical Park to lay to repose next to the replica of the Tomb.

Businesses along the procession route are invited to fly the U.S. flag, bunting or put messages on exterior marquees to honor the tomb as it passes. Organizers are requesting residents stand along the route.

The route is: U.S. Highway 83 to Fourth St., then to Willow, Willow to Rodeo Road, Rodeo to Buffalo Bill Ave. and Buffalo Bill to Scouts Rest Ranch / Buffalo Bill Historical Park. 

Following the procession, an official military wreath laying ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. with a gun salute. A special fly-over is planned. The exhibit is open to the public at 10 a.m.-5 p.m. July 31-Aug 1st. Boy Scout Troops will offer carnations for purchase for $1 in a fundraiser to lay on the tomb.

A side view of the replica.

The replica is exactly half the size of the Tomb in Arlington.

Formal wreath laying services will be held every hour on the hour, starting at noon July 31 and continuing both days. From 11 a.m.-2 p.m., lunch will be available via food trucks.

Please bring a lawn chair.

Organizations that want to participate in a wreath-laying can contact Michelle Lupomech at 317-979-3238.

From 6-8 p.m. Saturday, a grill party will be held with free food for the first 150 visitors as well as a beer and wine garden and live music in a “Journey Home” concert by Kim Baxter, plus the municipal band, and dee jay Zach Jorgenson.

Sysco Foods will add an additional free 300 hamburgers and hotdogs for the grill party. Nebraskaland Bank will provide the grill and 150 hamburgers. Pals Brewery and Feather River Winery are joining together to sell beer and wine.

To purchase a parking pass, go to www.outdoornebraska.gov.

If you need a ride to Scouts Rest Ranch you can call the North Platte City public transit the day before to reserve a ride, at 308-532-1370.

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