CAFF priorities met: Engaging Youth and Young People
The Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial has three purposes: to honor Andrew Jackson Higgins, to honor the workers of Higgins Industries and all the men and women who designed and manufactured equipment for World War II, and to honor the soldiers and sailors who rode the Higgins boats into battle. The Memorial gained global attention in 2015, when its replica was installed and dedicated on the beaches of Normandy France in recognition of the 75th anniversary of D-Day.
The Columbus Area Future Fund, formerly Columbus Area Community Foundation Fund, granted $2,000 to Eric Mustard of Boyscout Troop 115 to assist him in preserving this internationally recognized historical attraction in Pawnee Park. Funds were used to replace the 68 flags that are flown on-site, weather-proof the memorial’s 6 statues, and clear the landscaping underneath the Freedom Eagle. Visitors travel into Platte County from all parts of the globe each year to see the memorial and pay their respects, and it was Eric’s goal to make sure they were experiencing the memorial in its best condition. “The only way to keep it as an attraction is to take care of it, and I want to do my part,” said Eric. With Eric’s hard work and CAFF’s financial support, this attraction remains a beautiful tribute to those that gave so much for our Country’s Freedom