Infantry Museum celebrates Veterans Day

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - To celebrate the true meaning of Veterans Day, the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center played host to hundreds of veterans and their families Thursday.

"Veterans Day is to support the troops who are in the Army or the military," explained Kaitlyn Wood who was visiting with her family.

The National Infantry Museum kicked off the holiday celebration by dedicating 325 pavers to honor veterans.

The Infantry Museum's Director of Events Vickie Benton said, "We built this museum to honor soldiers and their families and we have 235 years of history and we honor soldiers every day."

"My daddy's friend was killed in Iraq and we came to support him," Kaitlyn Wood told News Leader Nine.

Visitors young and old poured into the museum to take advantage of all the events going on.

Bob Davis said he brought his friend Will Smith to the museum for the day, "I have long wanted to come and today seemed like a good day to come since its Veterans Day. My friend and I set it up to come today."

Benton told News Leader Nine, "We have an Honor Bus, which is like Honor Flight that Batson-Cook brought down here. This is their second anniversary. This group is from Auburn."

Veterans Robert Owsley and Pete Nelson explained, "This is not our first trip to the museum. We've been here before, but it's always good to come back."

The veterans say they were overwhelmed by the large number of people that turned out for the holiday.

"I'm glad to see them out here for a change. I don't think the Veterans get enough recognition at times but today it's more-so and we're thankful for that," said Nelson.

Davis and Smith added to that, "We feel honored and humbled."

After a tour of the museum the veterans on the honor bus visited World War II Street for a program with Franklin D. Roosevelt.

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