75 years ago as hundreds of thousands of young men shipped off in the name of America and Uncle Sam, they had no idea what the future held for them. We now know when the war was over and they were victorious, they would return to parades and cheers. But what came after that?
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force presents the HBO and Tom Hanks production, He Has Seen War at the Lucas Theater, June 23, 2017. The hour long documentary takes an in-depth look at the reality facing these men when they came home. It features the veterans of Easy Company and the 1st Marine Division and was created as a companion to the award winning HBO miniseries, Band of Brothers and The Pacific.
Renowned author and historian, Dr. Donald L. Miller, will be present at the show to talk about the film. Miller was a writer and associate producer for it and appears in it, discussing what kind of struggles the men faced when they returned.
Doors open at 7 pm at the Lucas Theater (32 Abercorn Street, Savannah) and show starts at 8 pm with Q&A after the film. Entrance to He Has Seen War is free and the program is being sponsored in part by Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.
About the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
The museum exists to educate 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. With films, exhibits, artifacts and archival materials, visitors are immersed in the stories of individuals who served in the storied Eighth Air Force, whose sacrifices made victory in World War II possible.
The museum covers the World War I aftermath and prelude to World War II, the rise of Hitler, the invasion of Poland, Scandinavia, France and the Low Countries, the entry of Japan into the War and the entry of the United States in World War II.
The Mighty Eighth Museum is home to 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.
Other highlights include:
- Escape & Evasion Exhibit
- Replica of a “Safe House”
- P.O.W. Exhibit
- Memorial Garden
- Chapel of the Fallen Angels
- Women’s Air Force Service Pilots (WASPS) Exhibit
- Tuskegee Air Men Exhibit
The Research Center is open to the general public as well as professional historians and authors and boasts:
- 10,000 books
- 38,000 documents
- 12,000 objects
- 85,000 photographs
The Museum is a Center for Character Education and serves 37,000 children annually through “Character Counts,” fully-funded by the Museum. The museum serves 62,000 children annually through guided tours, traveling exhibits, Summer Camps and Day Camps and welcomes over 100,000 visitors every year.