30 September 2008

Isakson, Chambliss Praise Passage of Legislation Creating Commemorative Coin for National Infantry

Will Support National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning

U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., today praised passage of legislation establishing the minting of a commemorative coin honoring the U.S. Army Infantry. The legislation, which now goes to President Bush for his signature, will support the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Ga.

“I’m pleased the Senate has passed this legislation supporting the new National Infantry Museum,” Isakson said. “The infantry deserves an appropriate place to showcase its rich history and to make people aware of the immense sacrifices its soldiers have made for our nation.”

“The National Infantry Museum will provide a vivid reminder of the sense of duty, bravery, and honor our service members and Infantrymen have demonstrated throughout military history,” said Chambliss. “It is important to capture and preserve this history to teach future generations about the sacrifices required to defend our values and freedoms.”

The legislation would mint 350,000 silver coins, which would be issued in 2012, honoring soldiers and commemorating the construction of the National Infantry Museum. Money raised through the sale of the coins will go towards establishing an endowment to support the maintenance of the new museum.

The National Infantry Foundation, in coordination with the United States Army, has broken ground on a new National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning, Ga. The 200-acre site will hold the museum, a storage and restoration facility, a parade field and a memorial walk.

The oldest and largest branch of the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Infantry was established on June 14, 1775, when the Continental Congress ordered the formation of ten companies of riflemen. The National Infantry Museum is a permanent historical and educational public institution providing education and training to soldiers and their family members and the general public.
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