Glynn County is likely to be the next municipality that receives a special design for its contribution to the Allies effort in World War II. It also has the current work being done to preserve this history.
In 2019, the Secretary of Interior created the American World War II Heritage Cities program to “recognize and protect the ongoing preservation and importance of America’s involvement in World War II.”
Wilmington, N.C. received its first designation in 2020. Glynn County plans to become the second.
Sherri Jones of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society stated, “Based on the criteria of designation, Glynn Country is a strong contender in terms of our contributions for the home front wareffort and our current initiatives to preserve the heritage, legacy, and war effort of World War II history,” in a press statement.
Wayne Neal, Glynn County Commission Chairman wrote Wayne Neal a letter to the National Park Service. This was the first step in the process of applying for the designation. The historical society has created a description and images that show the area’s connection, including modern and historic images.
The final piece of this application is to win support from most of the state’s congressional delegation.
Rep. Buddy Carter was able to support the claim in 12 of the state’s 14 representative, and both the U.S. Senators Raphael Warnock (left) and Jon Ossoff (right).
Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce and Golden Isles Development Authority helped with the application. A letter was also sent out to show support from dozens more community organizations. It stated that Glenn County would not be the place it is today if it weren’t for the progress, advancements and sacrifices made during World War II.
Gov. Brian Kemp and Lance Toland, producers of the documentary “Golden Isles at War”, and Jay Markwalter, executive director of the Georgia Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, also wrote a letter of support for Glyn County.
Glynn County’s World War II History can be seen at the World War II Home Front Museum at St. Simons Island or at Veterans Memorial Park at Brunswick.
Glynn County will not be able to find out if they were selected for the designation for a while. According to NPS, the review process can take up to six months.