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Marine Monument Rededicated At South Omaha Park

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Marine Monument Rededicated At South Omaha Park

By Kimberly Foley. CREATED Jul 26, 2014 - UPDATED: Jul 26, 2014
Omaha, NE - On Saturday night, the final touches were put on a park in south Omaha named after an Omaha marine killed 44 years ago. 
 
In May 1970, Miguel Hernandez Keith was killed in action in Vietnam at just 18-years-old.
 
His bravery earned him the Medal of Honor.
 
"It brings a tear to your eye," said Robert Brunkalla, with Marine Corps League in Omaha. "To hear what a kid does. He's dying, he keeps going. He gets wounded again, he keeps going. He saves a lot of marines. That is the spirit of the corps. That's what a marine is. It's just amazing."
 
Last year, a monument was put up in Keith's honor.
 
On Saturday night, there was a new addition and a rededication.
 
Dozens came to unveil the Marine Monument. The statue once stood at Freedom Park.
 
When the floods of 2011 damaged the area, it needed a new home.
 
"He's an American hero," said Rebecca Barrientos-Patlan, who coordinated the dedication. "There are so many more like him that have died. Blood, sweat (and) tears paid for our freedom."
 
Barrientos-Patlan knew there was no better place for it than Keith's park. It'll stand as a reminder for those who've paid the ultimate sacrifice.
 
"Kids need to see that," she said. "Kids need to see there is a hero out there. When they see a hero then they have something to look up to, to live up to. That is something they need desperately in this day and age."
 
The unveiling of the Marine Monument was the end of a nearly four year project to clean up the park.