FORT BENNING, Ga. — The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall, a three-quarter-scale traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, will be erected on the grounds of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center in time for Memorial Day.
LTG(R) Hal Moore and CSM(R) Basil Plumley, the command team for 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, during the battle of Ia Drang Valley in 1965, will place a wreath Thursday during a dedication ceremony after Infantrymen with 2nd Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment, graduate on the parade field. The graduation starts at 9 a.m. and the wreath-laying ceremony begins at 10.
Four days later on May 31, MG Michael Ferriter will give the keynote speech at Fort Benning’s Memorial Day Ceremony.
The ceremony starts at 8 a.m. at the Main Post Cemetery.
On June 1, there will be a Walk of Honor dedication near the parade field stadium behind the museum. This starts at 10 a.m. and at 11, the 173rd Airborne Brigade memorial dedication starts. On June 5, Vietnam veterans will be welcomed home during a daylong celebration that starts at 10 a.m. at the museum. Huey helicopter rides are planned during the day at the museum and a barbecue and concert on Wetherby Field on Fort Benning cap off the day.
On June 11, there is an Army Birthday Ball to celebrate the Army’s 235th birthday at the museum. And June 13 is the last day to see the traveling Vietnam Wall at the museum.
For more information about these upcoming events, call 706-545-4622.