12th Annual Salute To Soldiers Gala & Auction!

Oh, the Places You’ll Go: Celebrating Army Posts Around the World! Cocktail reception at 6 and dinner followed by dancing at 7. Tickets are complimentary for 1775 Society members, $150 for others, $75 for active-duty military. Black tie. 

Interactive Galleries

With thousands of artifacts, monuments, interactive exhibits and video presentations on display, the National Infantry Museum is one of the nation’s leading military history destinations. Visitors of all ages can experience firsthand the American Infantryman’s journey to defeat tyranny around the globe.

Immersive Attractions

In addition to preserving the priceless legacy of the U.S. Army Infantryman, this world-class facility provides unique recreational opportunities for guests to enjoy. See a military documentary on the Giant Screen Theater, take a shot at the Combat Simulators or grab a bite at the Theater concessions during your visit.

Illuminating Events

Since opening in 2009, the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center has proven itself to be Columbus’s premier venue for events. Our 190,000-square-foot facility can accommodate a wide variety of public and private events, from day-long corporate meetings to dreamy weddings in our Grand Hall!

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The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center opened in 2009 with one guiding mission: to honor the legacy and valor of the U.S. Army Infantryman.


Telling the story of our nation’s past with the latest in technological innovation. Customizable tour packages available for students of all ages, servicemembers, church groups, scouts, military reunions and more.


In addition to more than 70,000 artifacts, the museum campus is also home to World War II Company Street, Vietnam Memorial Plaza – featuring the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall – and the Global War on Terrorism Memorial.


Offering the best opportunities for patriotic family fun, visitors can enjoy films on Giant Screen Theater, Combat Simulators, the Fife & Drum Restaurant and Bar, and a wide variety of annual community-wide events!


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The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center honors the courage and sacrifice of the United State

On 7 August, 1990, President George Bush ordered, with a military response named Operation Desert Shield, and organized a coalition of 35 nations to defend Saudi Arabia and ultimately liberate Kuwait and prevent further Iraqi advances. The XVIII Airborne Corps, with its elite 82nd Airborne Division, began to move to Saudi Arabia the next day, beginning a buildup of combat power in the region reaching at its peak about 600,000 U.S. personnel.In rapid succession, the 24th Infantry Division (Mechanized), the 197th Infantry Brigade, and the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) moved to the Gulf.#military #army #militaryhistory #infantry #ushistory ... See MoreSee Less
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Following an attack on two U.S. destroyers in the Gulf of Tonkin by North Vietnamese forces and the request of permission by President Lyndon B. Johnson to increase military presence in Indochina, the U.S. Congress approved the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution on August 7th, 1964, granting President Johnson authority to take all necessary measures he believed were necessary to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States to prevent further aggression and to promote the maintenance of international peace and security in southeast Asia. The Gulf of Tonkin incident and the subsequent Gulf of Tonkin resolution provided the justification for further U.S. escalation of the conflict in Vietnam.#military #army #militaryhistory #ushistory #usarmy ... See MoreSee Less
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The award known as the Purple Heart has a history that reaches back to the waning days of the American Revolution. The Continental Congress had forbidden General George Washington from granting commissions and promotions in rank to recognize merit. Yet, Washington wanted to honor merit, particularly among the enlisted soldiers. On August 7, 1782, his general orders established the Badge of Military Merit.This award was open only to enlisted men (Privates, Corporals and Sergeants) and granted them the distinction of being permitted to pass all guards and sentinels as could commissioned-officers. The names of the recipients were to have been kept in a "Book of Merit" (which has never been recovered).At the present time there are three verified recipients of the Badge of Military Merit: Sergeant Elijah Churchill, 2nd Continental Dragoons; Sergeant William Brown, 5th Connecticut Continental Line Infantry and Sergeant Daniel Bissel, 2nd Connecticut Continental Line Infantry.Washington stated that the award was to be a permanent one, but once the Revolution ended, the Badge of Military Merit was all but forgotten until the 20th century.General John J. "Blackjack" Pershing suggested a need for an award for merit in 1918, but it was not until 1932 that the modern Purple Heart was created in recognition of Washington's ideals and for the bicentennial of his birth. General Order #3 announced the establishment of the award.#HistoricalArmyDates #military #army #militaryhistory #purplehearts #ushistory #militaryheroes #ArmyHistory #OTD ... See MoreSee Less
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Debates on the first draft of the US Constitution began on August 6, 1787.In Philadelphia, delegates to the Constitutional Convention begin debating the first complete draft of the proposed Constitution of the United States.The Articles of Confederation, ratified several months before the British surrender at Yorktown in 1781, provided for a loose confederation of U.S. states, which were sovereign in most of their affairs. On paper, Congress—the central authority—had the power to govern foreign affairs, conduct war, and regulate currency, but in practice these powers were sharply limited because Congress was given no authority to enforce its requests to the states for money or troops. By 1786, it was apparent that the Union would soon break up if the Articles of Confederation were not amended or replaced. Five states met in Annapolis, Maryland, to discuss the issue, and all the states were invited to send delegates to a new constitutional convention to be held in Philadelphia.#military #army #militaryhistory #ushistory #USA #OTD ... See MoreSee Less
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The world's first deployed atomic bomb, "Little Boy," was dropped over HiroshimaOn August 6, 1945, after arriving at the U.S. base on the Pacific island of Tinian, the more than 9,000-pound uranium-235 bomb was loaded aboard a modified B-29 bomber christened Enola Gay (after the mother of its pilot, Colonel Paul Tibbets). The plane dropped the bomb—known as “Little Boy”—by parachute at 8:15 in the morning, and it exploded 2,000 feet above Hiroshima in a blast equal to 12-15,000 tons of TNT, destroying five square miles of the city.The explosion immediately killed an estimated 70,000 to 135,000 people in Hiroshima from acute exposure to the blasts and from long-term side effects of radiation.#military #army #militaryhistory #ushistory #soldiers #OTD ... See MoreSee Less
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