Andrew Jackson Higgins Memorial is just s.w. of downtown in Pawnee Park. The memorial honors the Columbus native who designed and manufactured flat-bottom transport boats that figured prominently in many World War II victories. The vessels helped launch beach invasions around the globe, including the D-Day attack on Normandy, France. Higgins' contributions prompted President Dwight D. Eisenhower to hail him as “the man who won the war for us.”
The site features a Higgins Boat replica and a veteran's memorial wall. Five life-size bronze soldiers represent those who served in World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and the National Guard. A 7-foot bronze eagle perches atop a 30-foot steel beam next to a sculpture created from World Trade Center remains.