The Liberty Independent Troop is hosting a ribbon cutting for its new museum at 11 a.m. May 4 at 100 Commerce St. in Hinesville.
Guest speakers are Brigadier General Joseph Jarrod of the Georgia Army National Guard; Wayne Stewart, president of the Liberty Independent Troop; Donald Lovette, Liberty County Commission chairman; Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas’ and Ellis Gorden, the last surviving Troop member who served during World War II.
The Liberty Independent Troop has served for 225 years. First mustered into service on Oct. 8, 1861, at Sunbury, the troop served the Confederate Army until it surrendered on April 26, 1865. While the troop continued to serve Liberty County, it did not get mustered into service again until 1916 in Hinesville. On Aug. 5, 1917, the troop was drafted into federal service and became Company B 106th Field Signal Battalion. It demobilized May 1919.
In 1941, the troop served during World War II in campaigns in the East Indies, Papua, New Guinea and Luzon. The troop was released from active federal service in April 1952 and reverted back to state control. It continues to serve Liberty County.
Following the ceremony, attendees may tour the facility at the Hinesville Area Arts Council Gallery, 102 Commerce St.