FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) - About 140 soldiers have become the
first to graduate from infantry training on a new Fort Benning
parade field consecrated by soil from eight battlefields where
Americans have died for their country throughout its history.
The graduation and "Sacred Soil Ceremony" on Thursday was held at the new National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center at Patriot Park, a complex dedicated to the Army infantry soldier.
Participants included descendants of Alexander Hamilton,
spreading soil from the Yorktown battleground of the American
Revolution, and of Theodore Roosevelt and World War I hero Sgt.
The museum theater, restaurant and gift shop will be open to the
Artifact galleries remain closed until June, when a grand opening ceremony will feature retired Gen. Colin Powell.