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As the 38th annual Best Ranger Competition takes place in Fort Benning, Georgia, “Fox & Friends Weekend” stopped by the National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center to take a look at the independent institution that’s preserving the history of past and present infantry service members.
HONORING HEROES AT THE NATIONAL INFANTRY MUSEUM IN GEORGIA
This free museum is run by the National Infantry Museum Foundation, a non-federal entity that has served as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit since 1998.
The National Infantry Museum is located at 1775 Legacy Way in Columbus, which is about an hour south of Atlanta and about 10 minutes from Fort Benning.
Loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.
Visitors who stop by the museum get to experience interactive exhibits and examine life-like dioramas that depict significant battles throughout the infantry’s history.
There is 190,000 square feet of museum space for visitors to take in, according to the National Infantry Museum.
In total, there are 1,845 historical artifacts on display, 36 immersive walkthroughs with digital kiosks and guest-triggered videos, and 42 individual monuments, including the museum’s Vietnam Memorial Plaza and WWII Company Street.
PETE HEGSETH VISITS THE NATIONAL INFANTRY MUSEUM IN GEORGIA
“Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host Pete Hegseth took viewers through a guided tour of the National Infantry Museum on Sunday.
He highlighted an engraved wall that features the infantryman’s creed and a group of pillars that include the Seven Core Army Values: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.
“To tyrants, I am the day of reckoning. To the oppressed, the hop for the future … I am the infantry! Follow Me!”
Pointing out one of the museum’s exhibits — the Last 100 Yards — Hegseth said it “goes over eight different battles that really define the infantry and its history.”
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He went on, “It’s larger than life and it’s very, very realistic.”
There are six other exhibits that make up the National Infantry Museum “Eras of Infantry” display.
The museum also has five “special collections” available for viewing along with three outdoor memorials, a Georgia World War II Heritage Trail, a 3D laser light projection theater and a restaurant.
A glance at the National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center’s offerings
Eras of Infantry
Securing Our Freedom/Defining the Nation: 1775-1889
Last 100 Yards Ramp
Fort Benning and Columbus Connections Gallery
The International Stage: 1898-1920
World at War: 1920-1947
The Cold War: 1947-1989
The Sole Superpower: 1989-Present
Hall of Valor
Officer Candidate School Hall of Honor
Ranger Hall of Honor
Armor & Cavalry Gallery
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Outside the NIM
Global War on Terrorism Memorial
Vietnam Memorial Plaza
World War II Company Street
Tours and Education
Georgia World War II Heritage Trail
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Giant screen theater (3D laser light projection)
The Fife & Drum Restauran
The National Infantry Museum has been open to the public since June 2009. Although the museum offers free admission, it suggests a $5 donation per person.
Visitors can stop by Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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For more information on the National Infantry Museum & Soldier Center, visit the NationalInfantryMuseum.org.