FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - By Suzanne Bratton
Soldiers, veterans and civilians from as far as Rochester, New York gathered in Columbus to honor the military at the National Infantry Museum's paver dedication ceremony on Monday.
Among the many speakers was retired Colonel Richard Nurnberg, who explained what being a part of this ceremony means to him.
"It makes me feel connected with people of previous generations who have contributed, who have served our country," Col. Nurnberg said. "We have pavers today honoring veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the war on terror, and to include one lieutenant who was killed in Iraq, I am honored to be able to help recognize these people."
More than 4,000 pavers stood outside of the museum, and among those pavers was one that honors Jennie Duncan's late father, a veteran. Duncan drove all the way from Talladega to attend the ceremony.
"It's an honor that will live on from now on, and to let the young soldiers see this, and they can carry on too our freedom and our rights and that's what it means to me," Duncan said.
Jennie Duncan's sister said the paver acts as a way for civilians to connect to the soldiers that have lost their lives fighting for our freedom.
"It's something that will live forever, it's something that people can see and they know, they can place a name to the soldiers who fought for their freedom," said Patty Rolan.
More than 100 pavers were dedicated, and they all can be seen on Heritage Walk outside of the museum, serving as a reminder of all the soldiers who fought for our country.