For Memorial Day, Georgia Museum places 26,000 48-star flags in memory of Eighth Air Force WWII casualties
POOLER, GEORGIA, USA, May 24, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Flags for the Fallen, a public event for Memorial Day week at National Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum at 175 Bourne Ave., Pooler, Ga., May 26-30.
The museum will present the second annual Flags for the Fallen in which 26,000 48-star flags will adorn the museum’s Memorial Garden. More than 400 volunteers are expected from the Greater Savannah, Georgia area.
The US Army’s Eighth Air Force was activated in Savannah in 1942 and deployed to England. Between 1943 and 1945, during World War II, 26,000 Eighth Air Force airmen were lost.
A “Call of the Fallen Eagles” will be broadcast throughout the garden, call names World War II airmen of the Eighth Air Force by name, bomb or fighter group and date of death.
Eighth Air Force World War II veterans, men in their late 90s and early 100s, attend opening and Memorial Day ceremonies and other activities during the five-day event.
WWII re-enactors will perform ‘Women of the Eighth Air Force in England’ and re-enact mission briefings on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May. A panel discussion of Eighth Air Force World War II veterans is scheduled for Sunday, May 29.
A book signing on Sunday, May 29 at 2:30 p.m. EST with a century-old B-17 Flying Fortress pilot John “Lucky” Luckadoo and author Kevin Maurer for their new book “Damn Lucky: One Man’s Courage during the Bloodiest Military Campaign in Aviation History.”
In addition to the activities taking place at the museum, the Commemorative Air Force will be selling warbird rides on four World War II aircraft, including the “Texas Raiders” B-17 Flying Fortress, to Sheltair Aviation (FBO) from nearby Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. May 26 to May 30. The warbird ride’s flight path will take the B-17 over the 26,000 48-star flags in the museum’s Memorial Garden several times a day.
The public can sponsor 48-star flags honoring fallen airmen for $10 each by texting 26K to 50155.
About the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force preserves for all Americans the stories of courage, character, and patriotism displayed by the men and women of the Eighth Air Force from World War II to the present day.
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