Santa Visits Riverside 2014

Santa Visits Riverside

Thursday, December 11, 2014 @ 5 – 8 PM

Children can visit with Santa, share their Christmas wish lists, enjoy entertainment, refreshments, games, prizes and more! As always, this event is free and fun for the whole family.

Riverside, Ft. Benning

Home of the Commanding General
(Corner of Vibbert and Lumpkin on Main Post)

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1-507th PIR 23rd Annual Tower Lighting

1-507th PIR 23rd Annual Tower Lighting

December 12, 2014

Eubanks Field, Fort Benning 

The 1st-507th PIR Cordially invites
all FBGA Soldiers and their families, as well as families from the surrounding area to the23rd Annual Tower Lighting Ceremony to be held Friday 12 December 2014 on Eubanks Field, Fort Benning, GA.

Expect a very festive evening were you can:

– Jump from the 34’ Towers and have your picture taken by

– Purchase Airborne apparel for Holiday gifts from

– Watch or participate in a military working dog demonstration.

– Tour static vehicle displays; Stryker, HMMWV, Fire Truck, Police Car, and more.

– Enjoy Holiday music and a special performance from the MCoE Band.

– Watch Santa Claus Parachute in with the Silver Wings Demonstration Team.

– Meet Santa Claus and have your picture taken.

– Purchase snacks, hot coco, and coffee from MWR

– Toy donation point for Santa’s Castle in support of families at Ft. Benning.

Timeline of Events

3:00pm: Event starts and opening remarks 3:15pm: 34’ Towers open
5:15pm: 34’ Tower close
6:00pm: Santa jumps with the Silver Wings 6:15pm: Holiday Greeting

6:25pm: Santa leads countdown
6:26pm: 250’ Tower is lit and MCoE Band plays “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” 6:30pm-UTC: Meet Santa Claus and get your picture taken with him, and closing remarks.

Celebrate Veteran Day at the National Infantry Museum

Paver Dedication, Merrill’s Marauder Appearance, Enduring Freedom band

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center will offer a number of special activities for visitors on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, in commemoration of Veterans Day.

Veterans Day Mini Camp

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Patriot Hall, inside the museum


“Appreciating Sacrifice,” a 4-hour mini-camp teaching children 5-11 the meaning and importance of Veterans Day and the sacrifices Soldiers make daily. $10 per camper. Contact

the Camp Director at [email protected] or 706-653-9234, ext 5849 to register.



9 a.m. – 5 p.m., IMAX Theatre at Patriot Park

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Three documentaries will be shown on Veterans Day.

D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 tells the story of the Allied invasion on the beaches of Normandy using a ‘cocktail’ of innovative film techniques, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images. The film is narrated by journalist and historian Tom Brokaw. (11am, 1pm. 3pm, 5pm)

Soldiers’ Stories is an innovative new documentary exploring the experience of modern warfare from its tragic beginnings in the trenches of World War I. Soldiers’ Stories is about the warrior’s mindset and the common bond shared between veterans of all wars. The film takes a radical approach to documentary filmmaking: using oral histories of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to explain the visceral experience of combat from the perspectives of those who have lived it. (10am, 2pm, 4pm)

Marching Once More follows more than 100 survivors of the Battle of the Bulge as they return to Belgium and Luxembourg and reflect on the brutal six-week battle that claimed 19,000 American lives. The one-hour documentary captures the veterans’ 2004 journey, including their uncertainty as to whether anyone would remember or care about the events that occurred 60 years earlier. (9am)

IMAX documentary tickets are $8 for adults, $7 for students/military/seniors and $6 for children 4-12. Soldiers Stories and Marching Once More are free on Veterans Day.


Paver Dedication Ceremony

10 a.m., Heritage Walk (east side of museum)


The Veterans Day paver dedication ceremony will feature guest speaker CSM Wilbert Engram, command sergeant major for the Maneuver Center of Excellence Infantry School. More than 200 granite pavers will be dedicated. Family and friends will have the opportunity to make rubbings of commemorative pavers following the ceremony.


World War II Company Street

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.


World War II Company Street, made up of seven authentic Army buildings, will be open for self-guided tours. They include a barracks, mess hall, chapel, supply room, orderly room and the headquarters and sleeping quarters used by General George S. Patton during the build-up to World War II.

Flag Retirement Ceremony

11:00 a.m., Fire Pit (behind museum)

Local Scouts will conduct an official flag retirement ceremony at the fire pit behind the museum. Visitors and residents are encouraged to bring torn, tattered or soiled flags for proper disposal.

Pattons’ Park Dedication

11:30 a.m., Benning Boulevard, south of the stadium

pastedGraphic_6.png The National Armor and Cavalry Heritage Foundation will officially dedicate Pattons’ Park to the lives of General George S. Patton Jr. and his son, MG George S. Patton. Pattons’ Park is an open air walking trail that features nine armored vehicles, including the M4 Sherman, M26 Pershing, M48 Patton, M60A3 Main Battle Tank, M114 APC, M551 Sheridan, M113 ACAV, M3 Bradley and an M1 Abrams.


Enduring Freedom Honor Team Concert

11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Museum Lobby

pastedGraphic_7.pngThe Enduring Freedom Honor Team, an ensemble of talented musicians from Fredericksburg, Virginia, will perform a free concert of patriotic music in the lobby of the National Infantry Museum at 11 a.m. on November 11. The high school students dress is World War II era khaki and Eisenhower jackets, and play period music.

The ensemble has played in such venues as the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia, the Pentagon, Walter Reed Army Hospital, the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and Veterans Administration hospitals across the nation. They also have performed for World War II and Korean War veterans who took part in the Honor Flight Program. The ensemble was created to connect young people with members of the “greatest generation.” Their vintage uniforms and period music resonate with older veterans. In return, the teens get the opportunity to meet veterans and hear their stories.

Merrill’s Marauder Appearance

1 p.m. – 3 p.m., Museum Lobby

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Veteran’s Day at a Glance:

  • 9 a.m. – “Appreciating Sacrifice,” a 4-hour mini-camp for kid 5-11
  • 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Rotation of military documentaries in the IMAX Theatre
  • 10 a.m. – Paver Dedication Ceremony on Heritage Walk
  • 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – World War II Company Street open for self-guided tours
  • 11:00 a.m. – Moment of silence observed
  • 11:00 a.m. – Flag retirement ceremony
  • 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Concert by Enduring Freedom Honor Team
  • 11:30 a.m. – Pattons’ Park Dedication
  • 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Merrill’s Marauder Vince Melillo
  • The museum will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 11. There is no admission fee, however a $5 per person donation is requested. The Fife and Drum restaurant will be open for lunch.

The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park, a 155-acre tract linking Columbus, Georgia, and the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, is the first world-class site to pay tribute to the U.S. Army Infantryman and those who fight alongside him. As the only interactive Army Museum in the United States, the museum showcases the contributions of the Infantry Soldier in every war fought by the U.S. by offering immersive participation and engaging visitors in the unique experiences of the Infantry Soldier. The complex also includes a parade field, memorial walk of honor, authentic World War II Company Street and 3-D IMAX® Theatre. For more information, visit

Veterans Day Mini Camp at the National Infantry Museum

Market Monday at McGraw Community Center, Fort Benning

Come shop with local vendors at McGraw Village Community Center! Local vendors include Thirty-One, Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, The Shabby Rose, Where’s My Seam Ripper, Gold Canyon, Dove Chocolates, It Works and many more!!

Door Prize courtesy of Scentsy!

Monday, October 20, 2014
10 am – 5 pm
McGraw Village Community Center
6000 Muscogee Creek Way, Fort Benning