A dedication date has been set for the National Infantry Museum’s new national memorial to the global war on terrorism.
According to a Wednesday press release, October 16, 2017, at 11 a.m. is the time set for the dedication for the memorial now under construction.
The memorial will include eight granite panels etched with the names of nearly 7,000 military men and women 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.
Retired general John Abizaid will be the guest speaker for the dedication. Abizaid retired from theUnited States Army after 34 years, earning four stars and becoming the longest-serving commander of United States Central Command.
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.
The ceremony will be a free but ticketed event. Ticketing information and additional details will be available soon at www.nationalinfantrymuseum.org.
Remembering 9/11 one stitch at a time
The 9/11 International Memorial Flag, a handmade flag honoring the victims and families of 9/11 and those fighting the Global War on Terrorism, is now on temporary display at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center. It consists of nearly 3,000 small American flags sewn together to represent the victims of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93. It also features national flags representing the countries the victims came from, as well as flags representing first responder organizations involved in the rescue and recovery efforts. It was created by “United We Stand, United We Sew” a group of volunteers from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The flag measures 22 feet by 32 feet and took five months to complete. It was unveiled in 2002 and has since traveled across the country to be displayed. Thomas McBrien, the flag’s curator, delivered it to the museum Monday afternoon.