Event Name: Dedication of New Global War on Terrorism Memorial
Time and Date: 11 a.m., October 16, 2017
Location: The National Infantry Museum
City, State: Columbus, Georgia
Description: The National Infantry Museum’s new memorial to the Global War on Terrorism includes eight granite panels etched with the names of nearly 7,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines who have died in service since 9/11. A 13-foot steel beam taken from the wreckage of the World Trade Center and donated to the museum by New York City firefighters sits atop concrete columns representing the Twin Towers. The memorial features nine bronze figures representing an Infantry squad, illustrations of each service’s role in protecting our nation and narrative panels chronicling the nation’s longest war.
GEN (Ret) John Abizaid will be the guest speaker for the dedication. Abizaid retired from the United States Army after 34 years, earning four stars and becoming the longest-serving commander of United States Central Command.
The event includes a fundraising dinner the night before the dedication and a private breakfast for Gold Star Families on the day of the ceremony. Patriot Guard Riders will provide escorts and honor guards, and will lead a convoy of motorcyclists traveling to the museum.
The ceremony is a free but ticketed event. In addition to the October 16 dedication, media are invited to cover the fundraising dinner at 6 p.m. October 15 and the Gold Star breakfast at 9 a.m., October 16. Please contact Cyndy Cerbin at 706-653-9234 to make arrangements well in advance of the event.