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Other Veterans Day events include a flag retirement ceremony scheduled at 1:00 pm to properly dispose of flags that are no longer fit for use. Local Boy Scouts will perform the ceremony and a choir from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church will perform. World War II Company Street will be open from 10:00am until 3:00pm.
The Patriot Park IMAX Theatre, located inside the National Infantry Museum, will host TWO special free film premieres. The Americans in the Bulge (trailer), a 90-minute documentary about the largest land battle ever fought by the U.S. Army, will show at 10:00, 2:15 and 4:30. Director Richard Lanni will answer questions before and after the 2:15 show.
War of Wars: Somme (trailer), about the largest battle in modern history that lasted from July to November of 1916, will show at 12:30, 1:00 and 1:30. This 15-minute short film is a smaller version of a longer film to be released this Winter, produced in cooperation with the National Infantry Foundation and featuring interviews with local historians and Fort Benning Soldiers. (IMAX Theatre Blog)
Among those attending the events will be a group of veterans sponsored by Batson-Cook. For the third year, the contractor for the National Infantry Museum’s construction will host the tour. It is patterned after the Honor Flight that takes WWII veterans to Washington, DC.
This year, the veterans from the Newnan and Peachtree City area will arrive at the National Infantry Museum at approximately 10:00 am. They will tour the museum and have lunch before the return trip at 3:30. The free tour is for veterans of any branch of service during any time period. Reservations can be made at www.honorbustour.com. Officials with Batson-Cook said their contact with veterans during the museum’s construction led them to establish the annual event to show their appreciation.