Governor Ricketts dedicates state building to the First Nebraska Infantry Regiment


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Governor Ricketts dedicates state building to the First Nebraska Infantry Regiment

Governor Ricketts (cutting ribbon in the center), DAS Director Jason Jackson (far left) and Assurity Life

President and CEO Tom Henning (holding ribbon at right) at the ribbon-cutting ceremony today.

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services (DAS) dedicated the state office building at 1526 K Street in Lincoln as “Nebraska’s first administrative building” in the honor of the First Nebraska Infantry Regiment that fought for the Union in the Civil War.

“Nebraska’s military history predates our status as a state,” Governor Ricketts said. “In 1861, hundreds of brave Nebraskans volunteered to defend freedom by enlisting to fight for the Union during the Civil War. The sacrifices of the First Nebraska Infantry Regiment ended slavery and reunified the country. Today, we dedicate Building 1526 to their memory.

The First Nebraska Infantry Regiment was organized in Omaha in 1861 and fought for the Union in the Civil War throughout the conflict, including a new designation as the First Nebraska Cavalry Regiment in 1863. Eventual governor of Nebraska, John Milton Thayer was the regiment’s first commander, holding the rank of colonel.

“The administrative services are proud to honor the Nebraskans who fought for the preservation of the Union and the end of slavery. This tradition of service is something all of our teammates in state government can be proud of, ”said Jason Jackson, Director of DAS. “Thank you to Governor Ricketts, Assurity Life and the Lincoln Community Foundation for helping to make this dedication a reality. ”

The building at 1526 K Street was opened in 1955 as the Woodmen Life Insurance Co. Building after its first occupant, the Woodmen Insurance Company, which eventually became Assurity Life Insurance Company. The state purchased the building in 2007 for use as an office building for the state government. Today’s groundbreaking event also unveiled a plaque for the sculpture of the “Protecting Hand” which stands on the facade on the south side of the building. The plaque recognizes the sculpture as an important part of the history of the building and of the city. The plaque was purchased by the Lincoln Community Foundation with funds donated by Assurity Life Insurance Company.

“The story of Assurity Life is part of the history of Nebraska and Lincoln, and the Protecting Hand monument has been a visual representation of this shared history for nearly 60 years,” said Tom Henning, president and chief executive officer. management of Assurity Life. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the state to preserve this history for the next generation.”

The video of the inauguration ceremony is available by clicking here.

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