Grand Island, NE-- Sixty-six hours later, Hall County Supervisor Gary Quandt has come down from the courthouse roof after a weekend of raising awareness of Korean War veterans.
Friends, family, veterans, and city officials welcomed Quandt back to solid ground after almost three whole days at the top of the courthouse.
Dozens of supporters counted down to 9 a.m. when Quandt began his descent after raising money to send Korean War veterans to their memorial in Washington D.C.
Despite cold weather and a sore body, Quandt said he never regretted his decision to go up on the roof.
"It's probably been one of the most rewarding things I've ever done in my life. It's all about the veterans and honoring our veterans and the response from the public, people driving by and beeping their horns and people leaving money in the depository down in front of the courthouse, it's unbelievable!" said Quandt.
Quandt's weekend on the County Courthouse ended to the sound of applause and cheers.
Quandt said, "The Korean War is remembered as the "Forgotten War" and Hall County will not forget its Korean War veterans and it's the 60th anniversary of the Korean War and we decided to start up the Hall County Hero Flights for the Korean War veterans to have the Korean War veterans see the monuments in their honor."
Those involved with Quandt's movement hope this raises awareness of the fundraiser.
"I hope it will inspire others to donate to our Korean Hero Flight Committee. We need to raise a lot of money to send these guys to Washington D.C. to see the monuments," said fellow Hall County Supervisor Bob McFarland.
During his 66 hours on top of the courthouse roof, Gary Quandt said he had thousands of people come by to show their support for what he was doing for the Korean War veterans.
Quandt said, "It just shows the patriotism and the response from the public and Hall County, how we feel about our veterans."
One person donated on behalf of her father who never got to see his own war memorial.
"My father, he wanted to go see the memorial in Washington and his ill health in the last few months of his life prevented him from doing that so hopefully my small contribution will allow some veteran to go to Washington," said Denis McGovern-Gallager, who's father was a World War II veteran.
Korean War vets in attendance were moved by Quandt's commitment.
"This makes us feel good because we are being represented . It's just wonderful. What he did shows how much love he has for veterans, and it's a wonderful thing!" said Korean War veteran Roger Bish.
The only thing Quandt brought down with him were the gloves Mayor Vavricek loaned him on Friday.
The first person to greet Quandt once he came down from the roof was his mother. One proud veteran, in particular, was waiting to give Gary a hug Monday morning. His father.
Quandt said the donations will be counted and released Tuesday.