The National Infantry Museum’s new national memorial to the Global War on Terrorism will be dedicated Monday, October 16, 2017, at 11 a.m.
The memorial, now under construction, will include 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 will sit atop concrete columns representing the Twin Towers. The memorial also will feature 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. From 2003 to 2007, he was responsible for all military operations and activities in 27 nations in the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East, the Horn of Africa, and Central Asia. Since retiring from the Army in 2007, Abizaid has lent his expertise in matters of the Middle East in various consulting capacities.
Abizaid and three other four-star generals who served as commanders in Iraq and Afghanistan – Stan McCrystal, George Casey and Chuck Jacoby – joined forces in 2015 to help design the memorial and raise the funds needed to build it.
“This is potentially the first national level monument to the current conflict,” Abizaid said. “The National Infantry Museum is the perfect place for it, and I am confident that the hundreds of thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and family members who visit it will find it to be an emotional, inspirational and fitting tribute to their sacrifices.”
Organizers expect thousands of veterans and active duty military to attend the dedication event, along with top service commanders from each of the branches. Invitations will go out to Gold Star families across the country.
Although details are still being firmed up, the event is expected to include a fundraising dinner the night before the dedication and a 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 National Infantry Museum will hold a dedication ceremony Monday, October 16, 2017, at 11 a.m. for the new Global War on Terrorism Memorial. GEN (Ret) John Abizaid will be the guest speaker. The event is free and open to the public, however tickets will be required.