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Memorial Rededication Honors Newly Fallen. Gold Star Families, Public Invited to National Infantry Museum Ceremony…

The Global War on Terrorism Memorial will be rededicated at a ceremony 11 a.m. Saturday, September 8 , 2018 , at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. Twenty-five names o f the war’s recently fallen have been added to the memorial’s black granite panels since its unveiling and dedication in October 2017. “It is a sad truth that more American service members’ lives will be lost before the War on Terrorism is over,” noted GEN John Abizaid, a former GWOT commander and current Chairman of the National Infantry Museum Foundation Advisory Board. “We will add their names for as long as we have to, and they will never be forgotten.” The public is invited to attend the ceremony. Honored guests will be Gold Star family members – those who’ve lost loved one s in military service. Gold Star families who have not yet received an invitation are encouraged to call the museum for details of the event, including a VIP reception the night before and breakfast preceding the ceremony. Patriot Guard Riders are once again organizing a motorcycle ride ending at the museum. Riders with American flags will line Heritage Walk as guests arrive for the ceremony. The memorial to the Global War on Terrorism includes eight granite panels etched with the names of 6,940 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines who have died in service to GWOT 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 eac h service’s role in protecting our nation and narrative panels chronicling the nation’s longest war. The joint-service memorial stands in honor of all service members who have served in the Global War on Terrorism since 9/11 and the families who support them. This includes active duty, veterans and those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice defending their country.

Each year, the National Infantry Museum Foundation will rededicate the memorial to honor the newly fallen on the first Saturday following Labor Day . Gold Star families and others seeking information about the event are encouraged to call Rachel Goodman at 706-653-9234 ext 5828.