Five days before the nation observes Memorial Day and weeks before deploying to Kuwait, the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division at Fort Benning rededicated a monument Wednesday at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center.
“We are honored and humbled to have a chance to do this today,” said Col. Johnnie L. Johnson Jr., commander of the brigade. “On the eve of the 3rd Brigade’s deployment next month, what a better way to look ahead. In order to appreciate what you are going to do in the future in defense of our nation, we must always reflect on our past as well as what has already been done.”
The three granite stones were repaired after they were moved from Sacrifice Field at the old Infantry Museum on Main Post. Established in 1917 at Camp Green, N.C., the 3rd Division has a 95-year history, serving in World War I, World War II, Korean War, the Cold War and both conflicts in Iraq, the Persian Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The brigade continues to prepare for its deployment Thursday in a ceremony to case its colors.