Grand Island, NE-- If you walk around Grand Island and look up you wouldn't see a bird, a plane, and definitely not a man in blue tights. You will see Hall County Supervisor Gary Quandt standing on the roof of the courthouse.
"I take your challenge, Mayor," said Quandt.
"Well on behalf of the people of Grand Island and Hall County, we just encourage you and thank you for doing what you're doing," responded Grand Island Mayor Jay Vavricek.
With that Gary Quandt made the trip to the top of the Hall County Courthouse.
This stemmed from a challenge to Mayor Vavricek and Supervisor Pam Lancaster by Quandt to scale the courthouse two years ago.
Quandt looked to do more than just complete a challenge by the Mayor and Lancaster.
"Number one we're trying to raise money for the Korean War effort so that we can honor our veterans in Washington D.C. to see the monuments in their honor and number two I want to show the people that it wasn't easy what our veterans went through," said Quandt.
The movement to send vets to the monuments appreciated Quandt's dedication.
"What Gary is doing is attempting to raise $6,500 which is a sizable amount of money towards our $60,000 for the first flight which will be next spring," said Co-Chair of the Korean War Hero Flight Movement, Ken Gnadt.
The community can contribute in many areas including in front of the courthouse.
Mayor Vavricek said, "If everyone can contribute a dollar here, a dollar there or maybe $126 as some of us, that would go a long way to show how much you care for what Gary's doing."
Gary will be raising awareness in his perch and vows not to sleep or even sit down during his 66 hour stay.
He said, "It's all about the veterans and what they've done for our country. They give us freedoms we take for granted and we can't do that. We enjoy freedoms that no other country has and America's a great country and we need to be proud of our veterans."
Quandt will remain outside on the roof, despite the frigid temperatures of the weekend.
"The Korean War Veterans, they went through such rough times, it was so cold going over the mountains! It was 20 to 30 below so what I'm going to be going through this weekend with the weather being right at freezing, it's going to be nothing," said Quandt on his motivation to stick through the cold.
Mayor Vavricek recognized how important this movement was for the veterans of "The Forgotten War."
He said, "The Korean War Hero's Veterans, that's the latest opportunity where Hall County can go ahead and work together and show indeed that they care and I know they're going to be successful just like he's going to be successful this weekend."
Korean War vets have complete faith that Quandt will complete his weekend on the roof.
Gnadt said, "Gary Quandt will be up there until he comes down at 9 a.m. on Monday morning and I will be here."
Donations to the Korean War Hero Flight Movement can be made to Quandt Monday morning and at several locations around Grand Island.