COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A "train" rolled through the National Infantry Museum in Columbus on Thursday night to help re-open its theater, after major renovations.
Award-winning Nashville recording artist and local Army veteran Tim Maggart hosted the "New American Freedom Train" multimedia show, with a group of musicians.
They played patriotic, original songs on the new 72-foot-wide stage in front of the theater's new giant screen, which now has a state of the art 6P Christie Laser Projection System, which is currently installed in only two other American theaters.
"It's the perfect event for introducing the new theater. It will take advantage of the new giant screen and will show off the new stage we've installed," National Infantry Museum Foundation president Ben Williams said.
The focus of Thursday's free show was remembering and saluting our military.
"We want to honor all of these people because they are impacted by somebody who serves in the military, they're all impacted and we want to say thank you to all of them," creator of the show Tim Maggart said.
The New American Freedom Train Show debuted at the Springer Opera House in Columbus and, since then, has been performed in New York, Connecticut, Tennessee, Arizona, and Alabama.
"I thought it was a very emotional event, very emotional," US Army veteran and Infantry Museum volunteer John Duggar said.
The $1.8 million renovation to the Infantry Museum's theater also includes an expanded 289-seat auditorium. This theater, now with laser projection, will feature the holiday movie "The Polar Express 3D" starting this Saturday, December 5 - with the conductor punching golden tickets at select screenings.
The Infantry Museum's theater will also be the first in the nation to screen a new 3D documentary called "Space Next," opening there Friday, December 4. Go to www.nationalinfantrymuseum.org for a full schedule.