WEST POINT, GA (November 17, 2016) – A heart-rending Honor Guard Salute welcomed 52 veterans to the National Infantry Museum last week as they embarked on a day-long tour of the National Infantry Museum in Columbus, Georgia, – all part of Batson-Cook Construction’s 8th annual Honor Bus Tour to pay tribute to area veterans. Three in attendance were World War II veterans – one of whom celebrated his 96th birthday on the day of the tour – and five served in the Korean War.
“My grandfather, who did two tours with the Army in Vietnam, thoroughly enjoyed the museum tour and everything else about the day,” said Matt Persons, an estimator in Batson-Cook’s West Point Regional Office. “He was especially impressed by how Batson-Cook and the museum staff made all of the veterans feel appreciated and honored.”
The son of another veteran who attended said, “My father hasn’t stopped talking about how wonderful the trip was! He said he was ‘treated like a king’ by the staff of Batson-Cook and the soldiers that welcomed them to the museum. He was so proud.”
“We (at Batson-Cook) certainly received a blessing just being a part of the Honor Bus Tour festivities,” said Paul Meadows, general manager of the Batson-Cook West Point office. “I’m proud to be part of the Batson-Cook family. It is our commitment, dedication and passion for our veterans that made the day a huge success,” he added as he thanked the thirty-six Batson-Cook employees on hand for the occasion.
Following a continental breakfast at the offices of Batson-Cook, veterans traveled by chartered bus from West Point to Columbus for the event. The morning included a tour of the museum and a visit to the Hall of Valor, followed by a movie about the infantryman’s legacy of valor and sacrifice. After a buffet lunch, the group walked along WWII Company Street and visited the Vietnam Memorial Plaza.
Batson-Cook began the Honor Bus Tour in 2009 – a year after it completed construction of the museum – as a tangible way to show appreciation and respect for the sacrifices of the nation’s military. More than 350 veterans have participated in the Honor Bus Tour since its inception.
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