COLUMBUS CELEBRATES THE CENTENNIAL: Family-friendly activities planned for Feb. 24 at National Infantry Museum

National Infantry Museum. (U.S. Army file photo by Patrick Albright, Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning Public Affairs)

Story courtesy of the National Infantry Foundation

 

FORT BENNING, Ga. (Feb. 8, 2018) – The public is invited to enjoy a day of free fun and futuristic activities at the National Infantry Museum Saturday, Feb. 24, as the community celebrates the 100th anniversary of Fort Benning.

During “Columbus Salutes the Centennial,” visitors will see the museum in a way they’ve never seen it before. History will come to life as dozens of precisely costumed reenactors stationed throughout the museum tell the stories behind the artifacts and exhibits that trace Infantry history from 1775 to the present.

They’ll also get a glimpse into the future with demonstrations of the Maneuver Center of Excellence’s state-of-the-art robotics program.

There will be free documentaries and free drinks and popcorn in the Giant Screen Theater, and free sessions in the DownRange combat simulators. There will also be tanks and armored vehicles to explore, Silver Wings parachute jumps, live music by MCoE bands, a free climbing wall, uniform dress-up room for the kids and much more.

Food trucks in the parking lot will join the Rally Point Canteen and the Fife and Drum restaurant in providing a wide variety of meal and snack options at affordable prices.

TSYS, celebrating its 35th anniversary, is the presenting sponsor for both Columbus Salutes the Centennial and Night at the Museum, an invitation-only sneak preview for community leaders the evening before.

“We’re delighted that TSYS is the presenting sponsor of Columbus Salutes the Centennial!” said M. Troy Woods, chairman, president and CEO of TSYS. “This family event will be a wonderful way to celebrate Fort Benning and the tremendous contributions Soldiers and their families have made in our community. For 100 years, Fort Benning has been an integral part of life in the Chattahoochee Valley, and TSYS is proud of the strong partnership we’ve developed with Fort Benning in our 35-year history.”

The event is being organized by the National Infantry Museum Foundation, Columbus 2025 and the Maneuver Center of Excellence.

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