At the end of the war in Europe, the men and women of the Second Air Division wanted to create a living memorial dedicated to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. To that end, a sum of money was collected and a Memorial Trust was established and a Board of Governors appointed to oversee the funds in a fitting manner. The intent was for the memorial to be placed in the town of Norwich. With the creation of the Second Air Division Association (2ADA) in 1950 as a non-profit veterans organization, a representative of the 2ADA was appointed to the board. As the 2ADA was a 501 (C)(19) : Veteran's Organization with contributions deductable, funds over the years could be sent to England and the donors were allowed to claim a tax deduction.
At the 65th Annual Reunion of the Second Air Division Association on November 30, 2012, the decision was made to terminate the Association. With the organization's closing, the Memorial Trust lost their connection to donations from the remaining veterans back in the United States who were expecting to be able to make donations and bequeathments to the Memorial Trust and mark them as charitable donations. The Heritage League took up the ongoing challenge of educating following generations about the sacrifices of our forbears in WWII, and continues in the honor of commemorating the veterans and presenting their legacy. We do this through periodic essay competitions, informative publications, presentations and a host of other social and educational programs. We actively support related efforts such as the 'living legacy' Second Air Division USAAF Memorial Library, in Norwich, England, The 8th AF Historical Society, and the Mighty Eighty Air Force Heritage Museum near Savannah.
The President of the Heritage League of the Second Air Division (USAAF) is now a voting board member of the Board of Governors for the Memorial Trust. This met the IRS requirement that for US funds to go to an overseas charitable organization, the organization acting as a conduit must have oversight authority on how the funds are used. As the Heritage League is recognized as a Charitable non-profit organization - 501 (C) (3) - future donations to the Memorial Trust can be made through the Heritage League. Simply annotate on the check that these funds are specific to the Memorial Trust Fund and they are legal charitable deductions.
Donations may be sent to the Heritage League's Treasurer with the notation that these funds are for the Memorial Trust. At the annual Memorial Trust Board meeting, the Heritage League's representative takes a check and presents it to the Board.
Heritage League General Fund
To support day-to-day operations
Mailing costs for printed copies of the Herald newsletter
Purchase of historical records from the National Archives
Second Air Division Memorial Library
Supports two scholarships awarded annually to American post-graduate students studying at the University of East Anglia.
The Trust works closely with other organisations interested in Anglo-American relations including the University of East Anglia, the Imperial War Museum Duxford and the Mighty Eighth Heritage Museum in Savannah, Georgia, USA.
American Battle Monuments Commission Flower Fund
Provides floral arrangements to be laid in the XX American military cemeteries in the European and North Africa Theaters of Operation during World War II
National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force places a high priority on educational programs for school groups and other visitors.
The Museum plays an integral role within the educational community; over 20,000 students participate in annual field trips to the Museum.
The Combat Gallery is also home to the nose piece of the “Fightin’ Sam” B-24 Liberator. B-24 Liberators were flown in the Eighth Air Force’s Second Air Division through all of WWII. Our Second to None exhibit outlines the outstanding accomplishments of the Second Air Division.
Eighth Air Force Historical Society
To perpetuate the accomplishments and heritage of the 8th Air Force for present and future generations.