FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) -- Two of four 50-foot high monuments have been erected as part of a gateway into Fort Benning at Interstate 185.
Columbus businessman John Flournoy, who has has led an effort to improve area intersections, says the Follow Me Soldier and American eagle monuments, each 12 feet high atop a 50-foot column, are in place west of the interstate. He says a second eagle and a monument called The Trooper on the Plains will be installed soon.
Using federal stimulus money and funds from the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Gateways Foundation, the $6.8 million project will transform some 56 acres.
North of the Victory Drive bridge overpass, there will be 20 water fountains shooting water 20 feet into the air. Behind them will be 20 illuminated 50-foot-tall flag poles.