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Old Guard Monument Details Outlined for Former Members - September 28, 2008

Sculpting a Tribute - Barbara Mungenast lends her talents to a military homage - August 2008
As published in St. Louis Woman magazine

New monument honors The Old Guard - August 1, 2008
As published on the AUSA (Association of the United States Army) website

Hollywood Star, James Caan, to back The Old Guard Monument effort
- July 3, 2008

The Old Guard Monument Foundation launches official website - December 12, 2007

As Executive Director of The Old Guard Monument Foundation, I welcome you to the Foundationís official website. Thanks to the hard work of many dedicated individuals, we now have an official site that will be used to keep people current on the latest developments regarding the monument.

Because the site is so new, and our efforts are not widely known, allow me to spend a few minutes bringing you up-to-date on our efforts to pay tribute to, and officially recognize the contributions of the 3rd United States Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).

It has been several years since the idea of gifting a monument to the United States Army honoring past, present and future members of the Nationís oldest active duty Infantry Regiment emerged. A unit rich in military history, a permanent symbol recognizing the contributions of this unit, is long overdue.

For some time now, the foundation has been working with an artist who has been designing and sculpting, first an artistís proof, and recently the full size version of the monument. The monument has undergone the molding process at the foundry located in Norman, Oklahoma.

In August 2007 the foundation received approval from the Secretary of the Army to gift the monument to the Army. We are continuing to work with the Fort Myer installation staff on the landscape design to ensure we are in keeping with the beautiful and historically rich Fort Myer community.

We are currently in a period of intense fund raising activity. With your help, we can realize the dream of dedicating the Old Guard Monument October 3, 2009 at Fort Myer Virginia.

I also want to take this time to officially thank all those individuals who provided the initial donations. Several years ago when the idea of a monument first emerged, several people came forward and provided the Foundationís initial funds. I can honestly say that if it were not for those initial contributions, we would not have been able to get this initiative off the ground. Thank you for what you have done.

In closing, just let me say that I have spent time at the foundry as the artist was putting the final touches on the full size model of the monument. When I first came in the door of the studio, I was overwhelmed with emotion. The monument is truly a unique design and a fitting tribute honoring past, present and future members of this Nationís oldest active Infantry unit.

Thanks for your continued support!

Jim Laufenburg