The Central Nebraska Veterans’ Memorial Committee broke ground Thursday afternoon for the $2 million memorial project near the new Central Nebraska Veterans’ Home in Kearney.

The memorial will feature 16-foot-tall, 3-foot-wide and 3-foot-thick concrete pillars encased in granite each recognizing a branch of the military. Other pillars, which will be 8 feet tall, 6 feet wide and 2½ feet thick concrete encased in granite, will represent each conflict since Nebraska’s statehood, beginning with the Civil War.