The stage has been set to dedicate the 173d Airborne Memorial on June 1.
Built in honor of the 1,643 Sky Soldiers who died while serving in Vietnam and the 69 who have perished in Iraq and Afghanistan, the memorial sits on the grounds of the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park.
The dedication ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.
In 2006, the National Infantry Foundation gave a swatch of land on Patriot Park to the 173rd Foundation to construct their tribute. The circular monument will perch upon the highest point on the 200-acre Infantry Museum site overlooking the 7-acres parade field, the meandering memorial walk of honor, the 2,500-seat stadium and Gen. George Patton's sleeping quarters on World War II Street.
The story of the 173rd will be inscribed beneath the banner of the brigade's wing and sword insignia grounded in the center of the stone circle and rising toward the sky. The names of all Sky Soldiers from all engagements who gave their lives in battle will be chiseled into the monument.