Nebraska Medal of Honor Community Recognition Sign competition

Jocelyn Pagels was announced as the winner of the Nebraska Medal of Honor Community Recognition Sign competition and presented a check for $500.00 from the American Legion Riders of Beemer Post 159.  Jocelyn’s work portrays the heart of honoring our heroes of heroes, the Nebraska Medal of Honor Recipients.  These signs will be displayed on eligible community population signs across the state. 

Those communities are on the Nebraska Medal of Honor Highway, had significant impact regarding the projects of the Nebraska Medal of Honor Foundation, or had a Medal of Honor Recipient born or is interred in a cemetery associated with that community.

Her instructor Corey Meyer was presented with a check for $400.00, made out to the Bancroft School’s Art Department in recognition for his having gone above and beyond in his teaching duties to bring the artwork to fruition. 

Because Jocey is from Bancroft it has been decided Bancroft too will be honored with signs.  This means that all communities in Cuming County will bear the signs.  Beemer home of the American Legion Post that worked so hard to make it all happen.  Wisner in honor of Dale Hansen a Medal of Honor Recipient, West Point in honor of Ken Hanel and his wife Adeline’s sacrifices to make the walk across the Nebraska Medal of Honor Highway. 

The artwork with horizontal stripes is Jocey’s original work and the artwork with the vertical stripes it’s latest rendition to have been forwarded for approval by the state.  The latest rendition was created to meet state guidelines. 

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Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has generously sponsored the Nebraska Medal of Honor Community Project.  The project will place 24” x 24” signs on the population signs of communities on the Nebraska Medal of Honor Highway, Communities where Nebraska Medal of Honor Recipients were born or are buried and communities that were heavily involved in the Nebraska Medal of Honor Highway – Walk the Walk.  The Tribal Council has announced they will be making available a check in honor of Medal of Honor Recipient Mitchell Red Cloud and Army Sargent John Rice, a Korean War Era KIA who is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

That check is for $5,500 and will cover the cost of signs for 55 or more communities. 

Nebraska Medal of Honor – Walk the Walk event


5-22-21: Pictures below of volunteers walking.

Below, these vehicles were support for the walkers.

Below: Nebraska Medal of Honor Foundation board of directors below, left to right, Dr, Steven Youngberg – American Legion post 266 in Bennington NE – Secretary,  Marty Riemenschneider American Legion post 266 in Bennington NE – Media Director, Daryl G. Harrison-President

Below: Veterans Freedom Park where the event is to take place. There is a one half scale Vietnam wall there.

Below: one of the many signs along Highway 50 – now Nebraska Medal of Honor Highway.

Walk the Walk event update

Update: 5-3-21

ROUTE stops for Highway 20 Ride

Van Tassell Wyo. leaving 7:00 MST 109 miles 1 hour 45 min

Gordon Nebraska arriving 8.45 MST 20 min gas and rest

Gordon Nebraska leaving 9:05 MST 90 miles 1 hour 30 min

Valentine Nebraska arriving 11.35 CST 40 min gas and rest and lunch at the Crossroads Church parking lot on the east end of town by the Econo Lodge Motel signs will be up. Prime Rib sandwiches and chips for a free will offering.

Valentine Nebraska Leaving 12:45 CST 111 miles 1 hour 50 min

O’Neill Nebraska arriving 2:35 CST 20 min gas and rest

O’Neill Nebraska leaving 3:05 CST 115 Miles 2 hours

Jackson Nebraska arriving 5:05 CST

Jackson to South City 10 miles 20 min Arriving destination 5:25

435 miles

Christening the Medal of Honor Highway

Friends of Nebraska Medal of Honor Highway,


Last year Covid 19 caused Nebraska Medal of Honor Foundation to postpone it’s plans for Ken Hanel and myself to walk across the newly named Nebraska Medal of Honor Highway (U.S.20) in an event called, Walk the Walk. 

May 11th, 2021 Ken, I and a small support crew will begin that 432-mile walk.  We will walk six-mile segments, each of which will be dedicated to a Nebraska Medal of Honor Recipient. We alternate walking three segments each for a total of 36 miles and then join together in walking a 37th mile at the end of each day.  Using the attached file and taking into account each segment takes two hours and that we start at 05:00 am, you are able to easily track our progress.

Anyone is invited to join us anywhere along the walk.  The only rule is you are responsible for your own logistics.  When joining us, the vehicle that dropped you off must leave the area. It is your responsibility when being picked up to safely leave the area.  We never stop walking.  Our schedule is tight.  Safety is paramount.  At the end of our walk we join the community listed in the attached file for supper and to celebrate Nebraska’s newest treasure and largest veteran memorial. 

On May 22nd a motorcycle convoy will cross the Wyoming/Nebraska border at 08:00 am.  Their mission is to cross the length of Nebraska and form a flag line for our entry into Siouxland Freedom Park.  Motorcycles from American Legion Riders, Patriot Guard Riders, ABATE, and all other patriotic motorcyclist are invited to join.  Motorcycles will be joining them all along the highway that day.  We have no idea how many bikes we only know that MANY are planning to take part in this honor ride.  Our fellow patriots are excited. The Facebook page is Nebraska American Legion Medal of Honor Ride.

You are invited to join the motorcycles, Walk the Walk with Ken and I, or you may wish to simply attend the Christening of the highway at 5:30 pm in Siouxland Freedom Park.  I promise it will be a patriotic day to remember. 

When the entourage arrives Medal of Honor Recipient James C. McCloughan of Michigan will sing the National Anthem.  Governor Ricketts has been invited to introduce CMoH McCloughan and Charles Hagemeister one of only two living Nebraska Medal of Honor Recipients.  It has been heard that the Governor may have a special gift for our honored guests.  Both Medal of Honor Recipients will be speaking and then will Christen the Nebraska Medal of Honor Highway.

Segmented Walk 4-14-21


Nebraska American Legion Medal of Honor Ride

Walk The Walk Event to honor our 74 Medal of Honor Recipients
May 11th Wyoming Border to Crawford Ne. 33 miles
May 12th Crawford Ne. to Hay Springs Ne. 44 miles
May 13th Hay Springs Ne. to Gordon Ne. 27.5 miles
May 14th Gordon Ne to Cody Ne. 54.2 miles
May 15th Cody Ne to Valentine Ne. 38 miles
May 16th Valentine Ne. to Wood Lake Ne. 24.6 miles
May 17th Wood Lake Ne to Bassett Ne. 38.3 miles
May 18th Bassett Ne to Atkinson Ne. 30.7 miles
May 19th Atkinson Ne to Orchard Ne. 44.1 miles
May 20th Orchard Ne. to Osmond Ne. 33.2 miles
May 21st Osmond Ne to Laurel Ne 26.9 miles
May 22nd Laurel Ne. to Sioux City Ne. 39.4 miles
434.9 miles
Daryl Harrison and Kenneth Hanel will walk the walk across Nebraska
One will walk for 2 hours and then the other will take over for 2 hours
They will be followed by RVs and one can rest while the other walks
We are asking the public to please honor them with flag processions as they progress along the route. And show up in numbers to honor them at the towns that they stay in.