Military Matters: Fort Benning celebrates 100th birthday at state capitol

FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - Fort Benning continues to celebrate its 100th birthday by ringing the praises of the city responsible for bringing the Army here in 1918.

It did so during "Columbus Day" at the Georgia State Capitol.

Front and center for the visit were Gen. Eric Wesley, Commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning and Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson.

They led a delegation that visited the Georgia House of Representatives and Georgia Senate, both of which issued resolutions declaring Feb. 7 as Columbus Day at the Georgia State Capitol.

The group also met with Governor Nathan Deal and members of the legislative delegation from this area.

An event called Columbus Salutes the Centennial is taking place at the National Infantry Museum, Saturday, Feb. 24 from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and everyone is invited.

Costumed re-enactors will be part of the program, along with displays of military hardware, free popcorn and drinks, and Silver Wings parachute jumps.

Happy Birthday, Fort Benning!

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