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Day 106: National Infantry Museum

National Infantry Museum – May 5, 2011

The National Infantry Museum is an amazing place!

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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”.

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Day 103: Visiting Build-A-Bear Store

Visiting Build-A-Bear Store – May 1, 2011
Mall At Stonecrest – Lithonia, GA
Just Outside Atlanta

One of the really cool things Build-A-Bear has are “Pawsports”. It’s like a passport, but only for Build-A-Bears. Whenever you visit a Build-A-Bear store you can take your bears Pawsport with you and they will stamp it showing that your furry friend visited the store. Of course General Sarge has a Pawsport and that meant while we were away at Fort Benning for Ben’s graduation, we just had to visit an area Build-A-Bear store.

Day 103 - Visiting Build-A-Bear Store

Image by drrus2000 via Flickr

While we were there we met one of the great Bear Specialists, and a manager from the Build-A-Bear Workshop store at the Mall at Stonecrest just outside of Atlanta. The staff at every Build-A-Bear store are always happy to not only help all their visitors build new friends, but they also welcome with open arms other Build-A-Bears too! Of course they always look at General Sarge and say – “Now he’s a ‘well-loved’ bear”.

General Sarge - PVT Jeffrey - Graduation Bears

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After posing for the picture with Courtney it also seemed appropriate that we take a few more pictures around the store too! Especially this one! A special display of graduation Build-A-Bears! As soon as General Sarge saw the graduation bears and since we were celebrating PVT Ben’s graduation, we just had to take this picture of Ben and General Sarge with all the other “beary” graduates.

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