A few years ago, while visiting my mother and stepfather for Thanksgiving, I was introduced to The United States Army National Infantry Museum. Opened in 2009 and located in Columbus, Georgia, the NIM tells the story of the US Army infantryman, from the American Revolution to Afghanistan. The museum houses artifacts from all eras of American history and contains interactive multimedia exhibits. The NIM emphasizes the values that define the infantryman, as well as the nation he protects: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.
Furthermore, the museum is also located near Fort Benning. Infantry soldiers from Fort Benning were approached, during the construction of the museum, for the wartime-reenactment exhibit that’s shown below. (No, the following images are not of actors – they’re models that were cast from actual soldiers. Amazing and lifelike, aren’t they?)
I was fascinated by the collection of artifacts and memorabilia, from the early 20th Century to the 1950s. Not to mention, the lovely “Hall of Valor” – a breathtaking gallery that pays tribute to American Infantrymen who have received the Medal of Honor, the US’s highest award for bravery. (The very last photo, depicts a portion of this hall. Each of the pictured soldiers were awarded the Medal of Honor; and, I should mention that I only captured a small portion of the dedication hall. It’s a huge exhibition space.)
If you’d like to view all of the images from our visit, you can see the full gallery here.