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Downtown display honors WWII veterans

CCC students take on year-long project to uncover history, commemorate end of the war
Published: Nov. 12, 2020 at 8:30 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Various storefronts in downtown Hastings will have images on display for people to view as they walk by through Nov. 19 as part of a project to honor veterans and commemorate the end of World War Two.

The displays were part of a year-long project from instructor Ronnie O’Brien’s class at CCC in Hastings. The assignment: students choose a topic at the beginning of the year and then plan, fundraise, write grants, piece the project together and plan a large event to coincide with the displays.

This year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic leaving students wanting to bring their project to the people.

“I think its important to shine a light on that and be able to say, “Hey, thanks guys. Even though you guys can’t come out here and we can’t do the bus tour, the lunch, and all that jazz,' it’s still nice to be able to have something for them,” Adriawnna Hunt, a student at CCC who worked on the project, said.

The group had six students and O’Brien said she was impressed the students chose the topic they did, knowing how much of an undertaking it would be.

“I’m so proud," O’Brien said. "I’m just really so proud of the work that they did and it’s wonderful that at least they’re able to have the exhibit downtown if they weren’t able to have the event.”

The project specifically focused on the Naval Ammunition Depot outside of Hastings and the city’s involvement in the war. Hunt said she was shocked to learn Hastings had such a rich history when it came to that monumental part of our nation’s history.

The images are displayed from Lincoln Ave. to Denver Ave. on 2nd St. in downtown Hastings. Each image had a blurb describing it and other background information.

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