Memorial Day activities at the National Infantry Museum

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, typically closed on Mondays, will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, May 27, for the observance of Memorial Day.

There will be a paver dedication ceremony on Heritage Walk at 10 a.m. for those who have purchased commemorative pavers in the past six months. One of the 200-plus new pavers honors Bryant Luxmore, an Army corporal assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division who was killed by enemy small-arms fire last summer in Afghanistan. A busload of his 3rd ID buddies from Fort Stewart will attend the ceremony, as will a dozen members of Luxmore's family from Illinois. The guest speaker will be LTG (Ret) Tom Metz, a combat commander who led more than 120,000 coalition troops during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Children are invited to attend a Memorial Day Mini-Camp from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. It features crafts, activities and history lessons about our nation and the sacrifices heroes make to protect our freedom. Campers are asked to bring their lunch or purchase lunch at the IMAX concessions stand. Cost is $10 per camper. Contact the Education Department at 706-685-5814 or to register.

At 1 p.m., area Boy Scouts will conduct a flag retirement ceremony to properly dispose of flags that are no longer fit for use.

World War II Company Street will be open from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. for both guided and self-guided tours. Award-winning country singer/songwriter Tim Maggart and Justin Belew will present a special acoustic Memorial Day Concert in the chapel at 2 p.m.

Throughout the day, artwork created by Muscogee County school children will be on display in Patriot Hall. The theme of their project is "What Memorial Day Means to Me."

The IMAX Theatre will show free military films (schedule TBA).

As always, admission to the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center is free; however, a $5 per person donation is requested to ensure the future of this world-class tribute to American Soldiers.

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