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Monument to be unveiled at POW/MIA freedom ride

Press Release

FORT BENNING, Ga. - Fort Benning's Sergeants Major Association will conduct the 6th Annual Tri-Community POW/MIA Motorcycle Freedom Ride in conjunction with the Phenix City POW/MIA Memorial Dedication and Recognition Ceremony at 11 a.m. Sept. 19.

The Sergeants Major Association will start the Motorcycle Freedom Ride at 10:15 a.m., riding from the National Infantry Museum past the Columbus POW/MIA monument and arriving at the Phenix City Amphitheater for the Phenix City POW/MIA Memorial Dedication and Recognition Ceremony.

A monument dedicated to POWs and MIAs will be unveiled during the ceremony and will be on permanent display at the Phenix City Amphitheater.

Guest speakers will include Fort Benning Commanding General Maj. Gen Michael Ferriter and U.S. Army Infantry School Command Sgt. Maj. Matthew C. Walker, who is the Sergeants Major Association president.

An initiative was spearheaded in 2004 by the Sergeants Major Association to place three POW/MIA memorials in the tri-community area, Walker said.  The first was dedicated and placed at the Government Center in Columbus Sept. 16, 2004.  The second was dedicated and placed in front of the Infantry Museum across from Sacrifice Field on Fort Benning Sept. 17, 2005. 

The Sergeants Major Association is a fraternal organization that is committed to supporting and assisting soldiers, veterans and their families in the tri-communities of Fort Benning, Columbus and Phenix City, said Walker.  Association members recognize outstanding soldiers, provide scholarships, support the House of Heroes program and recognize POWs and MIAs who have made sacrifices for the nation.

Since World War I, more than 10,000 American service members have been listed as missing in action. Thousands more have been incarcerated as prisoners of war. The public is invited to attend to attend the ceremony.

Source: Fort Benning Public Affairs

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