Memorial Moment at Nebraska's Regional Centers

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Updated: Wed, 25 Sep 2013 06:56:45 CST

Wednesday in Hastings, Lincoln and Norfolk, Nebraskans took a moment to pay tribute to the thousands that lived and died in the state's Psychiatric Hospitals.

More than 1,400 patients are buried at the Hastings Regional Center, almost as many as Lincoln and Norfolk combined.

Graves are marked with simple bricks, unnamed because of the stigma surrounding mental illness in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

While patients are no longer locked away in the state's centers, Tammy Fiala with the Regional Center said there's still work that needs to be done.

"I mean we're shedding light on how they lived and the history but we're also trying to bring awareness to now that people can live in the community, people can live in a state of recovery and can live happy and fulfilled lives," said Fiala, Region 3 Consumer Specialist.

In addition to the moment of silence, all 1,415 names of the patients buried at the Hastings Regional Center were read.