“Robert Laier Day” in Cozad
May 4 has been named the Robert Laier Day in Cozad, Nebraska. It is the day a hometown hero will be honored.
Robert Laier grew up on a farm south of Cozad and graduated from Cozad High School. His love for flying was
evident with his enlisting in the United Sates Air Corps Reserves in July 1944.
After graduation, Robert enrolled as a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and enlisted in the Naval Reserve
in June 1945, assigned to Camp Wallace, Texas. In 1946, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and completed
basic pilot training at Randolph Field, Texas.
His history continues with his involvement in the Korean War. In June 1951, while flying as wingman, his F-86 was
shot down. Robert was listed as Missing in Action, and declared deceased in February 1954. His citations and awards
parallel his dedication to our country.
To honor his sacrifice, a professionally designed monument has been created and will be unveiled in the area across the
street on the northeast side from the Cozad Veterans Memorial Park.
The dedication ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 4, with representatives from a variety of venues. The
public is invited to this historic day.