Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Veterans Day at the National Infantry Museum | Largest Paver Dedication of 2011, Free Film Premieres | 11 November 2011

Join us at the National Infantry Museum this Veterans Day (November 11, 2011) as we pay homage to all those who have dedicated their lives to the cause of freedom and democracy.

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Following the graduation review of Golf Company, 1-19th Infantry, more than 300 granite pavers will be dedicated at 11:00am at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center’s Heritage Walk. The 4” x 8” engraved granite stones honor not just soldiers but wives, moms, dads and others who support the military. In addition to pavers purchased by individuals, three sections of pavers sponsored by the Sniper Association, Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Red Warriors veterans group will be dedicated. BG (Ret.) James C. Yarbrough will speak at the ceremony.

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.

The National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center
1775 Legacy Way | Columbus, GA | 706.685.5800

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