Upcoming winter festivities bring the spirit of the holidays to Fort Benning with music, lights and celebration — and it’s all free and open to the entire community.
MCoE Band concert The Maneuver Center of Excellence Band will perform a concert, “Ringing in the Holidays,” at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at the RiverCenter.
Sgt. Miriam Cornett, who plays the French horn for the band, said she hoped that people enjoyed the concert and that “the concert brings a little bit of holiday spirit.”
Tickets are required for the event. They are available at the RiverCenter box office until the day of the show. Tickets are limited to six tickets per request. For more information, call 706-545-5313.
Christmas tree and menorah lighting The Christmas tree and menorah lighting will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The event will also include the history of the Christmas tree and menorah and a visit from Santa.
The ceremony will be held at the Field of Four Chaplains, which is adjacent to the Infantry Center Chapel and across from Ridgway Hall.
Chaplain (Lt. Col.) John Routzahn Jr. said he wants people “to acknowledge and celebrate the important significance of two religious events — Christmas and Chanukah”.
Routzahn said he hopes that people, regardless of religious background, will participate because the event kicks off the holiday season with a sense of unity and community.
After the ceremony, refreshments will be served in the chapel annex, Building 101A.
Tower lighting ceremony The 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment will host its annual tower lighting ceremony on Eubanks Field at 3 p.m. Friday.
“The 250-foot towers are like a historical trademark for the Fort Benning area,” said 1st Lt. Geronia Jones, battalion adjutant.
She said the towers are like the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting in New York and that the tower can be seen across Fort Benning.
“This is Fort Benning’s Christmas tree,” she said.
The actual lighting for the 250-foot tower will begin around 6:30 p.m, depending on what time it gets dark that day.
Other activities during the event include holiday music played by the MCoE Band and the Silver Wings jump with Santa Claus.