Global War on Terrorism Memorial Dedication

(COLUMBUS, Ga) - In honor of the brave men and women who gave their lives in the war on terrorism, the National Infantry Museum hosts the Global War on Terrorism Memorial dedication, October 16 in Columbus. General ( R ) John Abizaid, U. S. Army was the keynote speaker. Maj. Gen. Eric J. Wesley, Maneuver Center of Excellence commanding general spoke about the design of the memorial. Mr. Louie Giglio, Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz U.S. Army retired, Sgt. Maj. Carlton Kent, U.S. Marine Corps, retired, and Lt. Yonina E. Creditor, U.S. Navy also spoke. The memorial consists of eight granite panels etched with the names of nearly 7,000 service members who have died in the Global War on Terrorism since 9/11, according to a press release from the National Infantry Museum. Two concrete columns representing the Twin Towers hold up a 13-foot steel beam salvaged from the World Trade Center and donated by New York City Firefighters. Nine bronze statues representing a squad of infantry soldiers line the monument, along with narrative panels chronicling the United States’ longest war. The memorial was designed to honor all branches of the armed forces, and has illustrations of each service’s role in the Global War on Terrorism, according to the press release. (U.S. Army Photos by: Patrick A. Albright/MCoE PAO Photographer)

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