4th Infantry Division to Dedicate New Memorial

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Army Chief of Staff and Medal of Honor Recipient will help unveil new monument on Memorial Walk of Honor

A monument honoring all past, present and future veterans and family members of the 4th Infantry Division will be dedicated at the National Infantry Museum Thursday, July 18, 2013.

United States Army Chief of Staff GEN Ray Odierno will be the guest speaker at the dedication ceremony at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the stadium behind the museum. Odierno served as Commanding General of the 4ID during the initial deployment to Iraq in 2003-2004. His division, along with special operations forces, was responsible for the search and capture of Saddam Hussein. The Bradley Fighting Vehicle that sits on the Last 100 Yards ramp at the National Infantry Museum was used by Odierno's troops in Iraq until it was badly damaged by an IED.

Also attending the monument dedication will be former SSG Clint Romesha, the 4ID's most recent Medal of Honor recipient. Romesha was awarded the nation's highest military medal earlier this year for his actions in Afghanistan on October 3, 2009, during the ambush on Combat Outpost Keating, one of the deadliest battles for U.S. forces in the Afghan War. Eight men were killed that day as hundreds of enemy fighters swarmed the hillsides above their nearly indefensible base.

The dedication is in conjunction with the National 4th Infantry Division Association's annual reunion, being held this year at Fort Benning July 15-20.