Columbus memorial to be re-dedicated

Honoring our countries past heroes.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the 'Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial' in Columbus.

Known around military historians as "The man who won the war", Higgins was one of the most important figures for the U.S during World War II.

If it wasn't for him and his invention of the "LCVP" boats, the U.S would have had to take a completely different approach to the war.

NCN got the chance to talk to Victor Brandl, who is a World War II veteran, and actually operated one of these boats.

"The motor was one of the best damn motors you saw in your life. When Uncle Sam made that damn motor, he made that motor because he says that boat is no good without that motor, " added Brandl.

 It's not just the boat at the memorial, there also is actual sand from the D-Day beaches including 'Omaha Beach'.

Jerald Meyer, who played a big role in developing the memorial, said getting the actual sand from those iconic beaches was something special.

"A lot of people when they see it for the first time and look down and see 'Omaha Beach' and go, what's underneath there? Well, there is a stainless steel cylinder with beach sand underneath," Meyer said.

On September 12th at the memorial site, there is going to be a re-dedication for the 20th anniversary of the Higgins park and organizers want everyone to come out to honor our freedom heroes.