First ever torchlight ceremony at Ft. Benning

By Taylor Barnhill  - bio | email

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) -  Units at Fort Benning took time out of their days to honor fallen soldiers in a long-running tradition that was brought to the local army base.

The torchlight ceremony has been held for years, but Sunday night was the first time it was ever done at Fort Benning.

The 46th Infantry Regiment dates back to the early 1900's, and more than 20 torchlight ceremonies have been held to commemorate fallen soldiers. The ceremony was held at the 46th Infantry Regiment's Memorial Grove on Sand Hill.

Veterans from all over the country came to Fort Benning to participate.

"The ceremony was held at Fort Knox until our move as part of BRAC in October and this is one of the traditions we wanted to carry on. It's important to our veterans, it's important to our regiment and we feel it's important to our young soldiers to learn about the United States Army and the regiment they are a part of at this time," said Sgt. Maj. Jeffrey Brown with the 2nd Battalion 46th Infantry Regiment.

In all 18 torches were lit, one for each campaign participant in World War II and the Vietnam War.

The torchlight ended with a wreath laying ceremony and the playing of the Army Song, the Infantry Song and Taps.

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