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North Platte - America's 20th Century Veterans' Memorial

221 East 5th Street

The monument is located in Iron Horse Park at a point where Interstate 80 crosses U.S. Highway 83 in North Platte, Nebraska. This prominent location and the easy access from these heavily used travel arteries make it convenient for thousands of interested individuals to pause for a commemorative moment at the Veterans' Memorial park.

The Memorial Monument highlights:

  • All of the Men and women who served before and during the Twentieth Century and those who serve now.
  • Each branch of the armed forces of the United States.
  • A graphic depiction of all of the armed conflicts of the Twentieth Century.
  • A very special commemoration of those men and women from the Nebraska area who gave their lives for the winning of peace and the maintaining of peace during this highlighted Twentieth Century.
  • A fitting recognition of those wonderful people who developed and served the Canteen that encouraged more than six million military men and women as they passed through North Platte on troup trains during World War II.


Don Johnson

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
The old Union Pacific RR station was the site of the North Platte Canteen. The Canteen, operated by local volunteers, served food and refreshments to service men and woman traveling the US by train to eventual deployments in European and Pacific theaters during WW II. It opened on Christmas, 1941 and continued to serve over 2 million service men and women until it closed on April 1st, 1946. It is my belief that Google Maps is a great venue for education, especially when it comes to "Place" as a basis for historical study. Also I want to acknowledge that I probably would never have known about the Canteen had it not been for the love of reading travel journals such as those written by long-time CBS News correspondent Charles Kuralt (1934-1997). "On the Road with Charles Kuralt" is where I was introduced to the selfless ladies of the North Platte Canteen. I have included pictures. If they don't show up on my review, click on my profile, then click on Photos. You may have to scroll down to get to them but they are there.

Wendy Smith

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Beautiful place. Amazing

Edward Gardner

Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
This for true Souper heiro

wendell chaffin

Monday, June 26, 2017
The memorial is being redone so some of the bricks are missing. However there is a lot of information here and nice statues.

Marylee Munsell

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
Interesting place with lots of history.

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