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.
This fall, we will have a dedication ceremony for the Memorial, a Gold Star family breakfast with GEN (Ret) John Abizaid, US CENTCOM commander from 2003-2007, GEN (Ret) Stanley McChrystal, Commander of US Forces Afghanistan from 2009-2010, GEN (Ret) George Casey, US Army Chief of Staff from 2007-2011, and GEN (Ret) Charles Jacoby, Commander of US NORTHCOM from 2011-2014. The date for the ceremony is pending, but will be on or close to September 11, 2017. We will provide updates as we finalize the date. The dedication ceremony will be a free but ticketed event. Information on how to get tickets will be posted on our website once available.