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Alumna Evonne Williams and Husband Honored

Bellevue University alumna Evonne Williams and her husband, Bill, of Omaha have been selected as the Omaha World-Herald newspaper’s 2013 Midlanders of the Year. The Williams were recognized for their efforts to honor and recognize American military veterans.

Since 2009, the Williams’ have helped organize and raise funding for numerous “Honor Flights” of World War II and Korean War veterans to Washington, D.C. To date, more than 1,600 veterans from Nebraska and western Iowa have made the flights, and about 450 more Korean War vets will be flying to visit monuments and exhibits in the Washington, D.C., area in spring 2014.

Remembering Our Fallen exhibit at Bellevue University, 2011

The Williams, whose four sons have served or currently are serving in the military, also organized “Remembering Our Fallen” traveling exhibits, featuring recent veterans killed while in uniform since the September 11, 2001, terrorist bombings. The exhibits have been shown in 11 states so far, and include photos, descriptive material and artifacts commemorating the lives and service of fallen soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen from those states.

Evonne Williams has spent more than 30 years on non-profit organization leadership and involvement and earned a B.S. in Human and Social Services Administration from Bellevue University in 2004.

For the World-Herald’s article and photos of the Williams’ and their family, click here.