Flags for the Fallen

26,000 Flags | One Mission


The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force honored and remembered the 26,000 airmen of the Eighth Air Force in World War II who never returned home over Memorial Day weekend 2021 with Flags for the Fallen: 26,000 Flags|One Mission.

26,000 48-star American flags, the flag under which these men served, and many are buried, were installed in the Mighty Eighth Museum’s Memorial Garden.  More than 200 volunteers placed the flags in the ground, with many returning the following week to remove them.  Four World War II Eighth Air Force veterans cut the ribbon for Flags for the Fallen, and the hundreds in attendance were treated to a B-52 flyover – a tribute from the modern Eighth Air Force to the Mighty Eighth.

In an expression of mission fulfillment, the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is committed to making Flags for the Fallen an annual Memorial Day weekend event.  Please see the information below should you be interested in participating in and/or supporting Flags for the Fallen, a unique tribute to those teenagers and young men of the Eighth Air Force who gave their lives to save the world.

Please continue to monitor www.mightyeighth.org and the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force’s social media for the latest information on Flags for the Fallen 2022.

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