Mighty Eighth Announces Special Memorial Flag Garden for Memorial Day

For Immediate Release March 9, 2020

Remembering the Fallen: 26,000 Flags | One Mission Memorial Flag Garden to Open May 17 at the Mighty Eighth

(Pooler, GA) Twenty-six thousand flags. One for each person in the Eighth Air Force who didn’t return from World War II.

The 26,000 48-star WWII-era flags will be placed in the Memorial Garden of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force by groups of volunteers. The flag display in the garden will be open to the public from Sunday, May 17 to Monday, May 25, 2020, and will cover the museum’s entire memorial garden and chapel grounds.

Remembering the Fallen: 26,000 flags | One Mission will provide a place of deep reflection on the ultimate sacrifice of not only the young men of the Eighth, but all those heroes who gave their lives in service to our country from 1941 to 1945.

“I am honored to make this announcement 75 years after the Mighty Eighth contributed so profoundly and with such great sacrifice in the war in Europe. We hope that the 26,000 flags of Remembering the Fallen will provide visitors with a physical reminder of the unprecedented sacrifice made by the young men and women of the Eighth Air Force. These individuals displayed all the virtues and character traits of the “greatest generation,” said Scott Loehr, President and CEO of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.

Information about the project can be found at www.mightyeighth.org/memorialflaggarden. If you are interested in volunteering with the project please email flags@mightyeighth.org. Contributions to the project can be made at https://shop.mightyeighth.org/memorial-flag-garden/.

About the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

The museum educates visitors about the character, courage, valor and patriotism of the brave individuals who fought in the Eighth Air Force, the largest air armada in history. The museum uses films, exhibits, artifacts and archival materials to tell the stories of individuals who served in the Eighth Air Force. Their sacrifices made victory in World War II possible.

Museum highlights include a fully-restored B-17 “Flying Fortress” and the multimedia “Mission Experience,” an immersive simulated bombing mission in a special theater utilizing actual combat footage. The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is located at 175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler, GA. Operating hours are Mon-Sun, 9am-5pm. For more information call (912) 748-8888 or www.mightyeighth.org.

Media Contact: Pearl Fyderek Director of Communications and Marketing 912.988.1848 | pfyderek@mightyeighth.org