Fort Report: WWII, 9/11, and Power of Remembrance

Sep 17, 2021

The community of Columbus, Nebraska has a beautiful memorial to World War II veterans, with particular honor given to native son Andrew Jackson Higgins.  In remembrance of the 20th anniversary of 9/11 the memorial was rededicated this past Sunday.  I was pleased to attend the ceremony with my guest from France, Defense attaché Air Brigadier General Carcy.  The community of Columbus generously built a replica of the Andrew Jackson Higgins National Memorial on Utah Beach in France, which stands in breach where our troops stormed through Nazi lines.  The memorial attracts multitudes of people from all over the world. 

After the ceremony, I spoke with 96 year old veteran Vic Brandl, who served as a Coxman on a Higgins Boat in WWII.  I invite you to view our conversation along with highlights from the event.

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