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Gov. Ricketts, First Lady Shore to “Salute the Good Life” Friday, Sept. 22 in Lincoln

Media Contacts:  

Eric Maher, Governor’s Office, 402-471-1974

Regan Anson, NE150 Celebration, 402-440-4451



Last of state’s sesquicentennial events to honor Nebraska’s military members, veterans


LINCOLN – On Friday, Governor Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore will “Salute the Good Life” at an outdoor gala honoring the state’s heritage, active duty military personnel, and veterans.  The event will be from 4:00 -10:30 p.m. on Centennial Mall South, including K and L St. from 14th to 16th St., in Lincoln.


The last of the sesquicentennial events in 2017, the Salute to the Good Life, will feature live music, food trucks/vendors, a laser light show projected onto the Nebraska State Capitol, fireworks, an exhibit by Patriotic Productions titled “Remembering Our Fallen,” Truckin’ Through Nebraska: A Mobile Children’s Museum, and more.  


Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend.  Attendees should plan to arrive early and bring portable seating (lawn chairs, blankets, etc.), as none will be provided.  A limited amount of space will be reserved on Centennial Mall South near the fountain for active duty military, family members of the deployed, and veterans.


Additional information is available at


“The ‘Salute to the Good Life’ is an amazing opportunity for people from across the state to come together to celebrate Nebraska’s rich history and honor the brave men and women, both past and present, of our armed forces,” said Governor Ricketts.  “My family and I have had a wonderful time celebrating our state’s 150th birthday this year.  I encourage you and your family to come enjoy this final sesquicentennial event celebrating the Good Life in Nebraska.”


First Lady Susanne Shore said, “I hope Nebraskans from across the state will join us for the last and biggest sesquicentennial event of 2017!  As we developed programming for the Nebraska150 Celebration, we focused on three main goals: bridging communities, connecting individuals and enhancing state pride.  I believe this event gets at the core of all three.  It’s a celebration of who we are, how far we have come and where we are going.  It’s also a salute to the brave men and women of our military, past and present, who have fought to protect our communities, our families and our way of life.”


Below is a schedule of events:


Friday, Sept. 22

3:00 p.m.         Patriotic Productions’ “Remembering Our Fallen” Exhibit Opens

3:00 p.m.         Food Trucks/Vendors Open

3-9 p.m.            Nebraska150 Branded Merchandise Sales

3-7 p.m.            Truckin’ Through Nebraska: A Mobile Children’s Museum Open For Tours                                                                                                                                                                                   

(The museum will also be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23 and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24 in the Haymarket on Canopy St. between Q & P St.)

4:00 p.m.         Remarks by Gov. Pete Ricketts & First Lady Susanne Shore.

Music by the Nebraska National Guard Band

5:00 p.m.         Music by Josh Hoyer

6:15 p.m.          Music by The Back 40

7:30 p.m.         Gov. Pete Ricketts & First Lady Susanne Shore Welcome the Crew of the USS Nebraska

7:45 p.m.         Music by the Kris Lager Band

8:45 p.m.         Laser Light Show by Laser Spectacles

9:15 p.m.         Music by the Kris Lager Band

10:15 p.m.       Fireworks Finale by J&M Displays


The Salute to the Good Life is sponsored by Rhonda Seacrest, Ameritas, Kawasaki, Friends of the Nebraska150 Foundation, City of Lincoln, Lincoln Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, and Wal-Mart.  NRG Media - Broadcast House will serve as master of ceremonies for the event.


More information about the Nebraska150 Celebration is available at


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Planning for the Nebraska150 Celebration began in 2012 when a group of active citizens from across the state formed the Friends of the Nebraska150 Foundation.  In 2014, the Nebraska Sesquicentennial Commission was established by the Legislature and 17 members from across the state were appointed by the Governor to lead the initiative.  In 2015, the Celebrating Nebraska Statehood Foundation was established to help coordinate efforts and direct everyone toward collective success.