Return With Honor Temporary Exhibit Opens at Andersonville National Historic Site
Contact: Bridget A. Beers , 229 924-0343, ext. 113
ANDERSONVILLE, Georgia - Andersonville National Historic Site is pleased to announce the opening of its latest temporary exhibit, Return With Honor. This exhibit commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the release of American POWs held during the Vietnam War.
The repatriation process was known as Operation Homecoming and the exhibit chronicles the POW's return to freedom. The exhibit also celebrates the ingenuity and endurance of these extraordinary American heroes. At the time of their release, some POWs had spent nearly eight years in captivity and had suffered various forms of torture as well as solitary confinement. During their captivity, the POWs forged a powerful brotherhood and their love of country helped to sustain them. Their ultimate goal was to ""Return With Honor." The exhibit will be on display until August 2013 and visitors have an opportunity to see photographs and a wide assortment of artifacts that illustrate the price of freedom. Exhibited items were donated by Milton Frye, Richard Straton, John Stavast, David Gray, William Robinson, William Arcuri, Giles Norrington, Scott Simmonds, and John McNalis.
Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The national park features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. Andersonville National Historic Site is the only national park within the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The National Prisoner of War Museum is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, visit on the web at www.nps.gov/ande/, or find us on Facebook at facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS
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Did You Know?
A smallpox hospital was built two miles south of the Andersonville prison to isolate infected prisoners. In operation only four months, 50% of the prisoners admitted there died of the disease. The 64 graves of the smallpox hospital were moved to Andersonville National Cemetery in 1867.