NORFOLK – After 67 years, a Norfolk-native and Korean War vet has finally come home.
Monday served as long overdue closure on the life of Army Sgt. First Class Milton Beed as his remains were returned to his home town to be laid to rest.
The somber homecoming began in Omaha as a plane carrying Beed’s remain touched down at Eppley Airfield at 12:40 PM. From there a procession of Legion Riders and public service officials began the escort to northeast Nebraska making stops in Fremont and West Point along HWY 275 to pickup riders and allow the communities it passed through to pay their respects.
“Well a friend of mine once said that sacrifice without remembrance is meaningless,” Legion Rider Rob Gowney shared during the processions stop in West Point.
The procession later arrived in Norfolk at approximately 5 PM to great fanfare from the community.
“This is a solemn day, but it is a good day,” Norfolk Mayor Josh Moenning commented. “A good day for the state of Nebraska, the people here, to be able to welcome the family, to give some long closure to the family in bringing sergeant Beed home…”
Beed’s remains were recently positively identified by the U.S. Department of Defense. Beed was captured in Korea and died while in captivity.
There will be a viewing from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Stonacek Funeral Chapel in Norfolk and a service will be held 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday.