The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is honoring and remembering the 26,000 airmen of the Eighth Air Force in World War II who never returned home with Flags for the Fallen: 26,000 Flags | One Mission.
This unique memorial flag garden of remembrance includes a 48-star American flag for each of the 26,000 men lost. The men of the Eighth in WWII served, and were buried, under this flag.
The public is invited to experience the garden from May 27 through Memorial Day, May 31, 2021.
The mission of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is to preserve and share the stories of the heroes of the Eighth; each of these flags represents a hero who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Thursday, May 27
Opening Ceremonies for Flags for the Fallen
General Lyle Rotunda
Mighty Eighth Veterans Panel Discussion
Colonial Oil Art Gallery
Moderator: Museum Trustee, Brent Bracewell
Friday, May 28
Reading of the names of Eighth Air Force KIAS
Readings begin at 10 a.m.
Reading in Museum; exact locations TBD
Saturday, May 29
It’s Personal: Remembering a Relative Killed in Action
Speakers: Jerry McLaughlin and Brent Bracewell
Sunday, May 30
Gold Star Family Recognition
Chapel of the Fallen Eagles
Monday, May 31
Memorial Day Ceremony
Colonial Oil Art Gallery (location subject to change)
All programs are open to the public and free with paid museum admission
Support Flags for the Fallen by donating your time and/or money at www.mightyeighth.org/flagsforthefallen.