Building on the rapid development of aviation during World War I, the U.S. Army in 1918 constructed Souther Field as a primary flight-training facility. It was built just northeast of Americus in a former peach orchard purchased by Sumter County and deeded to the federal government. At the height of its World War I activities, Souther had 147 planes and about 1,500 service personnel. Deactivated following World War I in April 1923, its planes were sold off to the highest bidders. Charles Lindbergh bought his first airplane as part of that auction, stayed for flight training, and completed his first solo flight at Souther within three weeks of his purchase. A seven-foot statue of Lindbergh is displayed at the site. Souther was reactivated during World War II to train aviation cadets of the U.S. Army Air Force and the British Royal Air Force. Today, Souther Field has become the Jimmy Carter Regional Airport, and some of the original buildings still stand as part of South Georgia Technical College. A state historical marker at the site recounts Lindbergh’s first solo flight.
Memorial Park adjacent to Tattnall County Courthouse.
Monuments along walking trail lists soldiers for the various wars.
The WWI monument is inscribed with the names of six soldiers.
Granite monument for all services in all wars.
Inscription: “Dedicated to all the men and women in Taylor Co. who served in the Armed Forces of the United States. American Legion. Taylor County. Post 124”
Small memorial park with granite stones that contain the names of those from Taylor County that died in The War Between the States, World War I, World War II, and Vietnam. Six names are inscribed for WWI.
Inscription: “ Dedicated in grateful memory to all those who gave their lives in our wars.”
Memorial contains the inscribed names of eighteen WW1 soldiers.
Also on the site is a stand-alone monument to James E. Livingston, USMC, Congressional Medal of Honor, awarded May 2, 1968.
Inscribed: “Erle Cocke, Jr. Veterans Memorial Monument” Decorative concrete block square plaza, with granite memorial and commemorative inscription inlays.
Large granite boulder with brass plaque attached.
Georgia - American Legion - T.L. Spence, Jr. Post No. 31 - This memorial is erected by the citizens of Thomas County and dedicated to the following Thomas County men who lost their lives during the World War of 1917-1918.
The listing is divided into two sections: “White” (30 names) and “Colored” (32 names).
The opposite side of the granite boulder holds a similar brass plaque, listing the Thomas County casualties from World War 2.
Walking memorial park along the downtown railroad track.
The central granite monument is inscribed with names from all wars.
Inscription: “Dedicated to the memory of those who gave so much that we may live in peace and freedom.”
Also, there is an eternal flame located at the county courthouse. 2nd Street and Tift Avenue.