PILGER, NE — The town that’s too tough to die, is back on the map.
After months of hard work and planning from Pilger village members, Love Signs and the designer, the sign was finally installed.
The 16’ display sits on the corner of Highway 275 and Highway 15 and is a sign of growth, according to Josh Alexander, pilger community development fund.
Alexander says it’s important to the town to remember the day that changed their lives forever, a way to look to the future.
“This is a sign of growth, rebuild get reflection on what happened that day and how it changed us we came a long way we are going to continue to grow. the old mantra, the town too tough to die we are now becoming the town that’s going to continue to grow.”
Alexander, who himself put in a lot of effort and time, says the village of Pilger is grateful for the donations that came in. He says so many people gave their money, time and effort to make this sign a reality.
After months of working on the sign, there was one major hiccup.
Since the sign is on a highway, they had to get a permit from the state, which usually wouldn’t be a problem. However with 4 Lanes 4 Nebraska, the state required that the sign be able to be moved easily, according to Jill Sock from Love Signs.
“From a distance it looks like it has a stone base, but actually that is a high resolution print to replicate stone. When the 4 lanes comes through it will be very easy for Love Signs to pick up the sign and move it little further south.”
One of the first things you notice on the sign are the roman numerals running down the side. Those numbers were important to designer, Daren Kinnison to include. Those numerals translate to June 16, 2014, the day of the twin tornados.
Kinnison, who is from Wisner, says it was a nice nod back to memorialize the date.
“Pigler has done so much in the last couple years to rebuild and put things back in place. A sign like this is finally putting it back on the map, so to speak.”
Kinniston says he’s grateful for the opportunity to work on the sign and to do it for the town.