If you did not know where you could find Omaha’s largest World War One memorial, then you might have an easy explanation. It has stood at the corner of Farnam Street and Turner Boulevard for 74 years. It has faded to the point you can no longer read it. That is changing this week.
McGill Restoration is restoring the memorial to its original glory. The owner of the Omaha-based company, Timothy McGill, says he was approached by the businesses in the area about restoring the monument. The monument greets drivers and pedestrians as they enter the shopping, dining, and living district known as Midtown Crossing.
McGill says he was so taken by the need to restore the monument that he is doing it for free. It will be completed in time for a planned event at Turner Park to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
The monument was originally dedicated in 1937 and paid for by the Omaha chapter of the American War Mothers. The restoration project includes extensive stone and brick replacement and repair, mortar work, and a thorough cleaning. The final step will be to waterproof the monument.