Open Tuesday-Saturday: 9am-5pm; Sunday: 11am-5pm | Free Admission, $5 Suggested Donation. The NIM will close at 3pm on August 19 for a private event.

Get your dancing shoes on! The eighth annual Salute to Soldiers Gala and Silent Auction will be August 19, 2017 at the National Infantry Museum.

August is always Gala month at the National Infantry Museum Foundation. The special black-tie evening, hosted by the 1775 Society, includes a cocktail reception, silent auction, sumptuous dinner and dancing. With a different theme each year, guests look forward to this popular event.

Our theme this year is Fort Benning in the Movies and promises a fun evening! The silent auction is always a hit, with several trips up for bid each year. In the past, guests have won three-day personal tours of the Normandy battlefields, a week in an Italian villa, and a ski trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

The Gala committee is soliciting items for the 2017 silent auction, including trips, experiences and local art. If you would like to donate an item to the auction contact Jane Bayer at 706-685-2604 or


The Gala is hosted by the 1775 Society, the museum’s premier membership group. You don’t have to be a member to attend. Tickets are $150 per person; become a 1775 Society Member and receive complimentary tickets.


This unique event is the museum’s signature fundraiser.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cocktails and silent auction at 6:00 pm

Dinner is served at 7:00 pm, followed by dancing.


The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is located right outside the Fort Benning Rd. gates of the Maneuver Center of Excellence:

1775 Legacy Way

Columbus, GA 31903


The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center relies on your financial contributions to continue the mission: honoring the legacy of the United States Army Infantry. The museum is operated by a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, the National Infantry Museum Foundation; all donations are tax-deductible.


What is the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center?

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is a world-class, $110 million tribute to the American Soldier. Since opening in June 2009, nearly 2.2 million visitors have toured the Museum. (Have a museum story to share? Write us a review on TripAdvisor.) The museum has been named the Best Free Museum in America by USA Today.

Why join the 1775 Society?

By joining the 1775 Society, you pledge to pay annual dues which offer significant financial help to the National Infantry Museum Foundation in running the museum and continuing the mission: honoring the service and sacrifice of our Soldiers – past, present and future.

1775 Society members know they are directly responsible for the success of this world-renowned facility. Membership levels from $1,000 to $10,000 are available. Enrollment in the 1775 Society automatically earns you tickets to attend the Gala.

How can my company/organization become an official sponsor of this year’s Gala?

If you would like information about event sponsorship packages, contact Jane Bayer: 706-685-2604 |

I can’t attend the Gala, but I would like to make a donation…

You can make a secure online donation to the National Infantry Museum at any time, just click here. All donations are tax-deductible.

Thank you for supporting the mission!









Tickets cost $150 per person. Become a 1775 Society Member and receive complimentary tickets.


Since the Global War on Terrorism began on September 11, 2001, over 6,800 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines have given their lives in defense of our nation.  To honor their sacrifice, the National Infantry Museum Foundation is building a Global War on Terrorism Memorial on the grounds of the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Georgia just outside the gate of Fort Benning. The memorial will include granite panels engraved with the names of all service members who have given their lives in the conflict, narrative panels explaining the conflict, and murals with artwork from each service.  It will also include a 13’ steel beam from World Trade Center Tower 1 that was presented to Fort Benning by NYC Firefighters. All Gala proceeds and donations will help build the Global War on Terrorism Memorial.