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Groundbreaking for 173rd memorial scheduled

Groundbreaking for the 173rd Airborne memorial at the site of the new National Infantry Museum off Benning Boulevard has been scheduled for July 11 at 11 a.m.

The $650,000 memorial will honor the more than 1,600 "sky soldiers" who died during the Vietnam War.

Construction is expected to last about a year with a formal dedication planned for 2009.

The museum is expected to open to the public in March of next year.

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