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Apr 30, 2010 4:27 AM by Matt Stafford

Mountain Post Historical Center closer to becoming a reality

Many different uniforms have been worn on Fort Carson. Several units have made the Mountain Post home since the Forties.

"Fort Carson, in its 68 year history, does not have a museum, it does not have a historical center," that's hard to believe for retired Lt. Gen. Ed Soriano. He's been working to get funding for a Mountain Post Historical Center. He's the President of the Board of Directors of the group trying to make the center a reality.

A big step in the process was made on Thursday; moving a little dirt. It may not have been the beginning of construction, but a start none-the-less.

The historical center is coming at a price tag of about $18 million. Money is coming from the Army and community sponsors. It will house more than 4,500 square feet of the Post's rich history.

"Since 1942, soldiers from Fort Carson have served in every armed conflict of our nation," says Maj. Gen. David Perkins, commanding general at Fort Carson.

"What better way to recognize their contributions and sacrifices than to build something that tells their story," Soriano says. That's a story that's still being written with, roughly 8,000 Fort Carson soldiers deployed to combat. So it's a tribute to them, and the ones who came before them. With the work their soldiers do, Post leaders want the trend to continue.

"It's a sign to those who will serve that they will be honored," Perkins says.

The artifacts will be held in a temporary facility until the historical center is complete. The project is expected to be finished in 2013.

If you would like more information on the project, you can visit the Mountain Post Historical Center Association's website by clicking here.

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