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Wednesday, Nov. 07, 2012

National Infantry Museum to celebrate Veterans Day

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National Infantry Museum

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, normally closed on Mondays, will be open Monday for the observance of Veterans Day.

Activities scheduled for that day include:

• 10 a.m. — Paver Dedication Ceremony on Heritage Walk for pavers installed since Labor Day. Guest speaker: retired Col. Ralph Puckett.

• 10 a.m. — “Appreciating Sacrifice,” a four-hour mini-camp teaching children ages 6 to 11 the meaning and importance of Veterans Day and the sacrifices Soldiers make daily. The $3 fee per camper includes skits, crafts and interviews with veterans.

• 10:30 a.m. — Arrival of the Batson-Cook Honor Bus. Veterans from the Dothan, Ala., area are treated to a day at the museum, including lunch and a visit with active-duty Soldiers.

• Noon — Local Boy Scouts will conduct an official flag retirement ceremony at the fire pit behind the museum.

• 2 p.m. — Free tour of World War II Company Street

• All day — Free screenings of Americans in the Bulge and Marching Once More in the IMAX Theatre, made possible by a donation from the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, Inc.

A special exhibit of Battle of the Bulge artifacts will be on display in the IMAX lobby.

The museum will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday. There is no admission fee; however, donations are welcome. The Fife and Drum restaurant will be open for lunch.

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