Mary Jane Skala, editor of the hub team
KEARNEY – Greg Dobesh has not donated money to help restore the Memorial Gates at the entrance to Kearney Cemetery.
Instead, he offered his time, sweat, and muscles.
Thanks to your efforts and those of many others, the Fort Kearney Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will rededicate the 95-year-old gates in a ceremony at 4:00 pm. Monday, which is also Flag Day.
“I feel so blessed that the Ladies of the DAR, Steve (Baye, cemetery supervisor) and the City of Kearney allowed me to do this, as well as the veterans and all the people who are buried in the cemetery,” he said.
“This little job was my donation to the DAR and the city of Kearney. I knew in my heart that I should do this,” he added.
The project started in 2019, shortly after Pam Artman, treasurer of the DAR, drove through the cemetery and realized that the gates needed “a bit of refurbishment.” In the 93 years since the DAR dedicated them on May 30, 1926, they have begun to rust. A brick pillar was slightly slanted. The west gate was bent.
“The ground underneath had slanted a little bit, so the little gates at each end were gone,” said Lynnda Shaffer, 34-year-old DAR member and chapter recorder. “The gates were really deteriorating.”