We hope that you will be able to join us at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center to enjoy one of our many events happening in 2013.
WWII Living History Event featuring ‘Kelly’s Zeroes’
Join Kelly Zeroes as they relive May 1943 at Fort Benning on Saturday, May 24 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visitors can participate in drills, marches and calisthenics from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Other living history activities include machine gun training, weapon and jeep maintenance, PT, WWII squad tactics and hand signals. The WWII Living History Event will be located at WWII Company Street (behind the museum). Tram services are available. For more information, visit the Information Desk inside the museum lobby.
Memorial Day Activities
The museum be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, May 27, for the observance of Memorial Day. There will be a paver dedication ceremony on Heritage Walk at 10 a.m. for those who have purchased commemorative pavers in the past six months. The guest speaker will be LTG (Ret) Tom Metz, a combat commander who led more than 120,000 coalition troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Children are invited to attend a Memorial Day Mini-Camp from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. It features crafts, activities and history lessons about our nation and the sacrifices heroes make to protect our freedom. Campers are asked to bring their lunch or purchase lunch at the IMAX concessions stand. Cost is $10 per camper. Contact the Education Department at 706-685-5814 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
At 1 p.m., area Boy Scouts will conduct a flag retirement ceremony to properly dispose of flags that are no longer fit for use.
World War II Company Street will be open from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for both guided and self-guided tours. Award-winning country singer/songwriter Tim Maggart and Justin Belew will present a special acoustic Memorial Day Concert in the chapel at 2 p.m.
Throughout the day, artwork created by Muscogee County school children will be on display in Patriot Hall. The theme of their project is “What Memorial Day Means to Me.”
The IMAX Theatre will show free military films (schedule TBA).
Summer Camp Benning 2013
Exciting news! The National Infantry Museum will host 5 sessions (4 levels) of camp this summer! Please click here to download a Summer Camp Benning Registration booklet. It provides detailed camp descriptions and registration form. Early-bird registration and military discounts are available. Early-bird registration ends on April 30th.
A Patriotic Fourth
The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is the place to be to celebrate our nation¹s birthday this July 4th! WTVM has discontinued Columbus’ “Thunder on the Hooch” and will be partnering with the National Infantry Museum for the inaugural “A Patriotic Fourth Community Celebration.” There will be live music by the Maneuver Center of Excellence Band and others, a Silver Wings parachute demonstration, games and bouncy houses for the kids, as well as plenty of food and fun for everyone. The celebration begins at 11 a.m. through 6 p.m. July 4, 2013. Afterward, head over to the Phenix City Amphitheatre for evening entertainment and fireworks at dark!
1775 Society Gala and Silent Auction “Georgia on My Mind”
The fourth annual 1775 Society Gala and Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2013. For more information contact Jane Bayer at jbayer@nationalinfantryfou
Flag Retirement Ceremonies
Area Boy Scouts hold proper flag retirement ceremonies at the fire pit behind the museum four times a year: President’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day and Veterans Day. You are welcome to bring your own tattered or soiled flag for disposal either on the day of the event or in advance.
Living History Demonstrations
Throughout the year, the National Infantry Museum hosts living history demonstrations and costumed reenactments. Follow us on Facebook & Twitter for scheduling announcements and check out some of our past events below:
Does your living history group have an idea for an event at the National Infantry Museum? Contact our Education Department to share your ideas!