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Higgins Memorial 20th Anniversary Re-Dedication

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Higgins Memorial
Pawnee Park, Columbus, NE

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2021 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial in Columbus, NE. Honor the memorial and remember those who served our country past and present during this special all-day event. Funds will be raised to establish an endowment for the Foundation to cover upkeep of the memorial.

Schedule of Events

9 AM–Noon: Prayer Breakfast

Ramada/Rivers Edge Convention Center, $25 includes hot breakfast and a foundation donation. Featuring speakers Larry Silhacek, Justin Longcoy, Tom Bryan, Fred Hoppe and Jerry Meyer. Entertainment by the CHS Band Ensemble

Noon–1:45 PM: Lunch on your Own

Recommend food trucks at Pawnee Park. Visit the WWII reenactment at Pawnee Park or take a self-guided tour of the memorial.

2 PM: Formal Program

Featuring the Presentation of the Colors, National Anthem, God Bless America, Pledge, Invocation, Community Welcome, Recognition of Dignitaries, Committee, Contributors, Remarks from the Adjutant General Congressman Fortenberry, Jerry Meyer, the Higgins Family, performance by the Heartland Band of America, 21 Gun Salute & Flyover with the Missing Man formation, God Bless the USA, benediction, retirement of the colors and Star and Stripes Forever. Free will donations accepted.

4 PM: Evening Reception

Appetizers, cash bar and performance by Freedom Road. Free will donations accepted.

To Reserve Tickets

Call Dennis Hirschbruner at 402.639.1720, or Reserve on Facebook, or Visit the Columbus Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce

Consider a Donation to the Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial Foundation

Honoring Andrew Jackson Higgins, Veterans, and Freedom for All

“Andrew Higgins”…Eisenhower said, “is the man who won the war for us” “…if Higgins had not designed and built those LCVPs, we never could have landed over an open beach.  The whole strategy of the war would have been different.”

Honoring all National Guard and Reserves

This sculpture honors all members of the National Guard and Reserves, especially those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bronze statue depicts a male and female soldier representing those who have served since the Vietnam War.

Attached to the pedestal are plaques displaying the names of the generous donors who helped fund the sculpture.  The monument was commissioned by Fred Hoppe.

Honoring all National Guard and Reserves

This sculpture honors all members of the National Guard and Reserves, especially those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The bronze statue depicts a male and female soldier representing those who have served since the Vietnam War.

Attached to the pedestal are plaques displaying the names of the generous donors who helped fund the sculpture.  The monument was commissioned by Fred Hoppe.

Freedom

Following the first dedication on August 23, 2001 the United States was struck with the first terrorist attack on our home soil.  Pieces of World Trade Center steel were secured to build a sculpture for the memorial. This sculpture was built in honor of those who lost their lives in this attack. It also honors all people who are involved in the war against terrorism.

A large bronzed Freedom Eagle, with a wingspan of eight feet, towers over the World Trade Center steel sculpture. The two structures do not touch to symbolize that terrorists cannot destroy freedom.

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