National Infantry Museum – May 5, 2011
The National Infantry Museum is an amazing place!
Located pretty much right on the Fort Benning Base. Or at least right next door to it. MG (Ret.) Jerry White, President and Chairman of the National Infantry Foundation writes in the opening pages of the brochure – “This world-class facility is dedicated to the Infantry Soldier and those who have supported him. Through state-of-the-art technology this museum vividly tells the Infantryman’s story since 1775 while educating visitors that the freedoms we enjoy are not free”.
After the Turning Blue Ceremony on Thursday, April 28th, we headed to the museum. Ben figured it would be better to visit the museum on Thursday instead of Friday because graduation is held at on the Soldier’s Field right at the museum and it would be a whole lot busier. Ben was right. We had a great time at the museum and took lots of pictures!
However, this picture is the one that I wanted to highlight in the post from General Sarge HQ today. While General Sarge is not in this picture, this is a very important picture of PVT Benjamin Jeffrey in his dress uniform. As we entered the museum one of the helpful tour guides led us to this spot and said…
“This is the must have and traditional picture that all soldiers take after Turning Blue”.
I Am The Infantry! Follow Me!
As you can tell, it’s a huge memorial to all, past, present and future infantrymen. Directly above PVT Ben’s head is the declaration of all infantrymen.
For over two centuries I have kept our nation safe.
Purchasing freedom with my blood.
To tyrants, I am the day of reckoning.
To the oppressed, the hope for the future.
Where the fighting is thick, there am I.
I am the Infantry! Follow Me!
Very moving words and a picture we will treasure forever. We spent a lot of time at the museum and we could have spent longer. The volunteers are incredible and if you’re ever near the museum, whether you’re connected with the infantry or not, this is a must stop and see museum.
General Sarge had a great time at the museum too. We also found a great surprise in the museum. But, that’s coming in a later post as it deserves a post of it’s very own.
Staying Army Strong!