POOLER, Ga. (WSAV) — Fallen service members will be honored Memorial Day weekend at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.
“This museum is set up to recognize the courage and sacrifice of the 350,000 men that served in the Mighty Eighth Air Force. That was the world’s largest air armada in history, and out of that, 26,000 lost their lives. If you believe in this country, if you believe in the armed services, and you believe in the sacrifice that those men and women make; come out here and help us remember those of the fallen,” Pete Nichols the Communications Manager with the museum explained.
Flags for the Fallen honors those 26,000 men and women with Stars and Stripes scattered throughout the Mighty Eighth’s memorial garden. Each flag creates a visual representation of the heroes who gave their lives fighting for our freedoms.
“That number is higher than any other military unit in World War II, higher than the Marines, higher than the Army, and it’s just a time to remember their sacrifice and to remember the courage that they gave,” Nichols added.
Volunteers are needed to help lay 26,000 flags, each one representing the men and women who gave their lives defending our freedoms as a part of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.
“This empty garden right now will be filled with flags all over the place. It is just amazing. The one thing is that we need people to help us do that. We’re blocking off three days to do it: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of Memorial Day week. The event will open that Thursday,” Nichols said.
Click or tap here to sign up. Flags will be set out May 23rd through the 25th, ahead of the Flags for the Fallen event starting the Thursday of Memorial Day weekend.