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Day of the Dead exhibit in Lincoln honors vets

Posted: 5:53 PM, Nov 03, 2017
Updated: 2017-11-03 22:53:38Z

The Nebraska History Museum is hosting a day of Day of the Dead community events on Saturday, which includes a 13-altar exhibit that honors friends and family that have died.

Among one of the altars, is one dedicated to Nebraskan veterans.

Josè Francisco Garcia, a trustee with the Nebraska State Historical Society has spent the last few years setting up altars throughout the state with his wife.

“This is all about memory. This is all about love and respect for our ancestors. For people that are close to our hearts,” said Garcia.

Garcia, a Vietnam veteran, says it was important for him to also include local Nebraskan American heroes by dedicating an altar to veterans.

“I have friends that I lost in Vietnam, I did service in Vietnam, I served 355 days. And it’s very close to me. Some of the work on the altar is from the experience I had in Vietnam.

Garcia says the exhibit, which is at the Nebraska History Museum for the first time, is open to the public, so anyone can come and pay tribute.

“We want to remember our veterans. Not because of their service, but because they were Americans and the put their lives on the line not to be soldiers but be good Americans,” said Garcia.

The City of Lincoln will be hosting a series of the Day of the Dead events on Sunday, Nov. 5, which includes the mayor proclaiming Sunday as Day of the Dead.

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