Vote for National Infantry Museum to win the title of Best Free Museum
By Lindsay Marchello, Bayonet & Saber /
The National Infantry Museum is in the running for the USA Today Readers’ Choice 2016 competition for “Best Free Museum” in the U.S.
The winner will be determined by popular vote, which will conclude Aug. 29.
To vote for the NIM, visit http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-free-museum/national-infantry-museum-soldier-center-columbus-ga/. Individuals can vote once a day, as well as on multiple devices.
Frank Hanner, the National Infantry Museum director, believes the NIM deserves to win first place.
“The Infantry has been the catalyst for victory on many a battlefield, and they are not always remembered,” Hanner said.
The NIM serves as a way to honor the accomplishments and the sacrifices of the Infantry force, he explained.
“Out of all the Americans, this is the one group that I think has given the most to defend the Republic in our 241 years of history,” said Hanner. “If it wasn’t for the Infantry, you wouldn’t have a country.”
Exhibits at the NIM include the Last 100 Yards Ramp, the Giant Screen Theater and the Hall of Valor.
“By November of this year we will have something original from every time period of the 241-year history to show to the public and reflect the entire history of the Infantry force from June 14, 1775 to the present,” Hanner said.
Greg Camp, the president and chief operating officer of the NIM Foundation believes that the impact the NIM has on people is what makes it the best free museum in the country.
“When people come here and they leave here, they have an appreciation for the fact that freedom isn’t free,” Camp said. “We deserve to win because we got the story. We got the mission. (The Infantry) is essential to our nation.”
The NIM received the Themed Entertainment Association Award for Outstanding Achievement for museums in 2011.
“It is the equivalent of an Oscar,” Camp said. “(The NIM) has been dubbed the Smithsonian of the Army.”
“Our main mission is to honor the U.S. Infantry Soldiers and their proud service to the nation,” Hanner said. “They’ve been there when the nation needed them. They should be remembered and we’re glad that the Foundation has helped to create an atmosphere that is worthy of people visiting.”