Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial celebrates 20th anniversary

COLUMBUS, Neb. - It was a day to remember those who fought for our freedom and the role Nebraska played in World War Two's most decisive battle.

The City of Columbus celebrated the 20th anniversary and Re-dedication of the Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial on Sunday.

Higgins, a Columbus native who designed the LCVP also known as 'Higgins boats' which were heavily used during the allied invasion of Normandy Beach during D-Day.

Veterans and lawmakers from around the state gathered to show their support.

Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says the memorial is a testament to midwest values.

"For small-town Nebraska like Columbus, to have done such an extraordinary thing like this, again, is a reflection of the character of the people who live here," Fortenberry says.

American Legion Post 84 and the Offutt Brass band were among the groups helping mark the occasion.

Even dozens of Columbus residents took time out of their day to show support.