- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - A replica of a landing craft that helped the Allies win World War II has been installed and dedicated on the Normandy coast of northern France.

The Higgins boat replica and four bronze statues were installed late last month outside the Utah Beach Museum in Sainte-Marie-du-Mont. U.S. and French officials gathered there on Saturday, the 71st anniversary of the D-Day landings, to dedicate the memorial. They paid tribute to the boat’s designer, Andrew Higgins. Higgins was born in Columbus and grew up and attended high school in Omaha.

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, of Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District, who spoke at the ceremony, told the Columbus Telegram (http://bit.ly/1GuOQLK ) that “people are just drawn” to the replica.

Duo Lift Manufacturing created the replica, which was shipped overseas with assistance from Behlen Mfg. Co.

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Information from: Columbus Telegram, http://www.columbustelegram.com

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