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.
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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.