Memorial Dedication Ceremony @ Memorial Park
Saturday, 23 April 2022, 11 am at Memorial Park, Heartland Airborne Memorial Association will be hosting a memorial dedication ceremony to honor 50 Soldiers who were killed in action (KIA) from the 73rd Cavalry Regiment from the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC. These paratroopers served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Inherent Resolve. 50 Gold Star families from throughout the USA have been invited to attend the ceremony. A brick will be dedicated to honor each fallen Soldier’s service at the Airborne Memorial.
Rob McCartney will be Master of Ceremonies the event and invited dignitaries include: Congressman Bacon, Mayor Stothert, Councilman Pete Festersen, Jeff Mikesell Director, Military Affairs at Greater Omaha Chamber, LTG Parras Chief of Staff of the Joint Chiefs, MG Donahue the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division., the first Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Joint Chiefs (SEAC) Joe Gainey, SEAC 3 John Troxell and the current SEAC 4 CZ Lopez.
The Ceremony will begin with a Lincoln Parachute Skydiving demonstration with four jumpers landing in the lower bowl of Memorial Park at 10:40am. Guitar for Vets will provide music for the event, Creighton University ROTC will provide the Honor Guard, Omaha Public Schools JROTC is providing the Courtesy Patrol and American Legion Post 1 will provide military honors with a 3 Gun Salute followed by echo taps. Hosting the VIP Reception is the local Gold Stars Families Chapter led by Barb Worthman.
Balloon Glow at Memorial Park - Patriotic Productions event
Bring the family to this free patriotic event featuring the world's largest American flag hot air balloon. There will be music by the U.S. Army Fife & Drum Corps and a performance by Fort Riley Mounted Patrol. Start time: 7 p.m.
Omaha Celebrates America Concert & Fireworks
Friday, July 22, 2022 The popular summer concert at Memorial Park is scheduled to take place this year on Friday, July 22. The later-than-usual date for the City of Omaha Celebrates America event is to accommodate the yet-to-be-announced national headliner.
“We are excited to push the concert back into the prime of Summer,” said Mayor Jean Stothert. “We know this year’s celebration will be one to remember, and we want to make sure everyone can put it on their calendar and start making plans now.”
After being cancelled in 2020, the City of Omaha Celebrates America concert was pushed to a late-August date in 2021 because of the continued pandemic. Last year’s event featured national opener Wyclef Jean and headliner Elvis Costello and The Layabouts.
This year, the closing fireworks show, one of the largest in the region, is already booked and being planned by J&M Displays of Yarmouth, Iowa. As in years past, the concert will be free to the public and family-friendly. Music will kick off early evening with fireworks starting at approximately 10 p.m.
The 2022 event will also feature videos of local bands and musicians. This new addition to the show, launched last year, provides local musicians with an opportunity to submit music videos or apply for studio time to create videos. Selected videos will then be featured on video screens throughout the day and between sets. KPAO Omaha’s Public Access Television will package the videos and provide support for community musicians.
The event is sponsored by the Omaha Parks Foundation and will be professionally managed by Vic Gutman & Associates. For more information as the date approaches, visit www.MemorialParkConcert.com and follow the event on Facebook by searching “Memorial Park Concert.”