The sacrifices of Nebraska veterans who served our nation in World War II provide the inspiration for a video that is designed to encourage young people to vote.
"Vote in Honor of a Veteran" was created by Secretary of State John Gale in 2003 as a tribute to veterans and to promote civics education.
"By telling the experiences of Nebraska veterans who protected our country and the freedoms we cherish, we hope our young people will be able to personalize the importance of being an active citizen and lifelong voter," Gale said.
The video features the heroic story of Bernard W. Nider of Lincoln (1924-2010). Nader was one of the first liberators to reach the hard-fought Omaha Beach at Normandy, France, on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
The 45-minute video shows Nider recounting his story before students at Lincoln Northeast High School. The video also includes segments that add perspective to the historic D-Day invasion.
"Bernie Nider exemplifies the spirit of American democracy," Gale said. "It is because of men and women like him that we continue to enjoy our treasured freedoms. We have a debt to veterans that we can never repay, but we can make installments by being good citizens and by voting."
The video is designed for civics, social studies and history classes, as well as for veterans groups and community organizations.