FORT BENNING, Ga. " Groundbreaking remains a few years away, but Fort Benning has christened the site of the future National Armor and Cavalry Museum.

Post leaders and several VIPs attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at the two tank display pads on Benning Boulevard at what will become an entrance to the museum coming here as part of the Armor School’s move from Fort Knox, Ky. The event preceded the Gulf War 20th Anniversary National Tribute and Memorial Day commemoration later that morning at the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center.

“The Armor community has been so warmly welcomed here at Fort Benning,” said retired Gen. Ron Griffith, who led the 1st Armored Division during the Gulf War and later served as Army vice chief of staff. “Those in Armor leadership are committed to providing a great facility to complement the National Infantry Museum. … But it’s been a gracious welcome and wonderful reception for us here.”

An opening date hasn’t been announced for the future National Armor and Cavalry Museum. The location sits near Access Control Point 2.

Officials said the project is in the fundraising stage right now.

The Armor museum has had six homes in its history. This will mark a second time at Fort Benning, where the Army Tank School operated from 1932 to 1938.

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