Georgia's National Infantry Museum is almost ready to open

The National Infantry Foundation will celebrate a milestone Thursday as major portions of a complex dedicated to the U.S. Army infantrymen — The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park — opens to the public in Georgia.

About 140 infantry training soldiers in B Company, 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment will march into history as the first unit to graduate on the museum’s parade field, upon which soil collected from the battlefield of eight pivotal wars in infantry history will be spread.

"It;s probably the most exciting and emotional time in my life," said retired Maj. Gen. Jerry White, chairman of the National Infantry Foundation. "I guess I thought this day would come, but, now that it's here, it's almost unreal. It'll be a day of soldiers and a day of honor, so I feel very good about where we are and how it's all come together."

The museum's grand opening event, featuring retired Gen. Colin Powell as guest speaker, will be June 19.

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