"The Infantryman" statue has its story told - WRBL

"The Infantryman" statue has its story told

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - Five decades since it first appearedat Fort Benning, the infantryman statueis getting its own story told.

Two hundred new infantry graduates were the first to see the plaque during a dedication ceremony Friday morning. The class posed with the 22-foot bronze statue outside the National Infantry Museum after their graduation ceremony.

"You see the statue, a pose of the infantryman saying 'follow me,'" says Private First Class Dakota Shelton. "Trying to lead the way for other soldiers in to combat to do what our nation needs us to do for god and country like we always have for the past 200 someodd years."

"When we were building the museum here we knew we wanted to use it here as an iconic symbol here in front," Ben Williams, president of the National Infantry Foundationsays. The statue has stood there since the exhibits opened in 2009.

Veterans at the ceremony Friday were pleased the statue's story was finally being told.

"Without the plaque, visitors who are coming for the first time to the museum would not know the history and how [the statue] was put together." says Wayne Andrews, a veteran and frequent visitor to the museum.

The statue first appeared outside Fort Benning fifty three years ago. In 1964, it was moved before eventually become the greeter at the National Infantry museum. During its lifetime, an exact replica was made. That statue now stands outside the Infantry and Armor Center at Fort Benning.

James Brierton

James joined WRBL News 3 with experience from CNN, NBC News and his own hyper-local news site. He manages the WRBL News 3 Web desk. More>>

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