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what they went through: the loneliness, the isolation and their courage."
She always points out the cross
that Philippine POWs made to honor
their dead and a ship carved from
soup bones by American prisoners in
England during the War of 1812.
The park, cemetery and museum
see about 130,000 visitors a year.
"Most people tell us that everyone should come and hear these
stories. They shouldn't be forgotten,"
Mays says.

Museum of Aviation, Warner Robins
museumofaviation.org
"On a gut level, aviation intrigues
just about everyone," says Mike Rowland, curator for the Museum of Aviation.
The museum sits beside Robins
Air Force Base, which supports U.S.
Air Force mission operations worldwide.
When Rowland says that the museum is filled with tangible connections to our past, he's talking about
four huge hangars filled with 85
planes, specialized aviation ground
equipment, historical artifacts, videos and exhibits. Bring your walking
shoes.
The focus is on Air Force history
and honoring airmen.
"I love to see a multigenerational
family where the adults are telling

kids, 'This is what Grandpa did,'"
Rowland says.
But it's also about the technology
and ingenuity that have advanced
aviation. About 50,000 schoolchildren
go through the museum annually as
part of STEM (science, technology,
engineering, math) or history educational programs.
Visitors can see the world's fastest
plane-the SR-71A Blackbird, which
still holds the record of 2,193 miles
per hour-and the museum's largest, the B-52D Stratofortress that flew
missions during the Vietnam War.
"They get to climb into several
cockpits, see all the complicated controls and imagine flying," Rowland
says.
The museum tries to group
planes historically, putting World War
II and Vietnam-era aircraft together.
Volunteers help visitors see what they
want to see and explain the design
and function of different models,
Rowland says.
The Georgia Aviation Hall of
Fame, which honors significant contributors to Georgia aviation history,
is located in the Century of Flight
hangar.
"One of the important things
military history museums do is explain what we are asking our men
and women in uniform to do when
we send them off to fight or die for

COURTESY NATIONAL INFANTRY MUSEUM & SOLDIER CENTER

COURTESY MUSEUM OF AVIATION

to 32,000 prisoners, and 12,920 men
died there.
"There were abuses, but most
men died of disease caused by the
horrible conditions, the lack of adequate shelter, clothing, sanitation
and water," says Jody Mays, chief of
interpretation and resource management for the Andersonville National
Historic Site.
"It's a difficult subject, but there
are also inspirational stories," she
adds.
Dorance Atwater is one. The prisoner made and smuggled out a list of
the dead identified only by numbers
in mass graves. He came back after
the war to help erect headstones for
those soldiers.
"Because of him, about 95 percent of the soldiers buried in the
trenches are known," Mays says.
The cemetery is still active for
veterans and family members who
request to be buried there.
Many people don't realize that
the site is also home to the National
Prisoner of War Museum, the only
one of its kind in the country, which
honors POWs from the Revolutionary
War to the present, Mays says.
"The POW museum is about
something that is still happening,"
she says. "It can be very emotional for
former POWs to bring their families,
but it's important for families to see

Above: The World War II-era P-40N Warhawk is among the most
popular attractions at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins.
Left: The Last 100 Yards exhibit at the National Infantry Museum
& Soldier Center incorporates music and sound effects to give a
realistic depiction of the infantry experience. Figures in the exhibit
are cast sculptures of real active-duty soldiers.
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