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Mighty Eighth Gets New Monument, Flag

The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum honored Vietnam vets with a new memorial today. With several veterans in attendance, a marble monument with an American flag on one side and an MIA-POW flag on the other was unveiled.

The ground surrounding the area was paved with brick and has the names of Vietnam veterans, both living and dead, engraved on them.

Ceremonies like this one are all part of an ongoing memorial program. "What I would like to have is the monument circled entirely by bricks with the names of veterans who served in Vietnam and died in Vietnam," said the museum's Tim Bottoms.

WTOC general manager and vice-president Bill Cathcart was today's guest speaker. Several of the museum's volunteers participated in Today's parade for the first time.

The museum also received a brand-new flag today. Congressman John Barrow (D-GA Dist. 12) presented the new 18-by-12-foot American flag to fly outside as a gift from his offices.

Earlier this year, museum officials told barrow their flag was in need of replacement. Today, Barrow says, he was proud to deliver on his promise.

"Sure enough, we got the the replacement, and we did one better," he said. "We got the flag flown over the Capitol on its way to the Mighty Eighth Museum."

The flag comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Earlier in the day, Barrow marched in the Savannah Veterans Day parade, joining veterans from the Mighty Eighth.

Reported by: Don Logana, dlogana@wtoc.com

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