New 11TH Cavalry Memorial Dedication
August 20, 2015
Fort Benning, Georgia
|On a hot and sultry morning along Fort Benning Road, just outside a main gate to Fort Benning and adjacent to the new Pattons’ Park and the National Infantry Museum, several hundred Blackhorse veterans of all eras gathered to dedicate and unveil our new memorial. MG Austin Miller, the Commanding General of the Maneuver Center of Excellence headed up a large contingent of local dignitaries. CSM Carl Ashmead, the current RCSM of the active regiment at Fort Irwin, was there to help with the unveiling.
Prior to the dedication ceremony, most of us watched a graduation ceremony of an OSUT Company, which was comprised of 120 new tankers and soldiers of our Army looking great as they passed in review. The graduation speaker was retired CSM Sam Rhodes, who rode with the Blackhorse in Iraq in 2005. The 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia held their annual reunion in Columbus last week, and their attendance of 1,265 was the largest veterans gathering ever in Columbus or Fort Benning! It was truly a Blackhorse day and Blackhorse weekend.
Please see the attached photographs that show some of the crowd; most of all, our new memorial is shown from many angles. We invite everyone to go see the memorial at Fort Benning, and we believe you will be very proud of the final product. Our memorial has the names of all Blackhorse troopers who died in combat while in service to our regiment. It also has nearly 1600 granite pavers donated by hundreds of contributors who helped create it.
For more photos and info about the memorial, please visit www.Blackhorse.org.