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‘Honor Flight’ Screening: Celebrating WWII Veterans

Posted by Jasmine Lee / Thursday, November 29th, 2012

"Honor Flight" film poster. / Courtesy of Freethink Media

 

Next Friday, on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor those who served our country with a major screening of the new documentary, “Honor Flight.”

          The Honor Flight Network, the nonprofit organization the film focuses on, coordinates all expenses paid trips to Washington, D.C. for veterans. They travel from all over the country to view the memorials that were made to honor them and all those who served. The Honor Flight project started out relatively small; the first flight took place in May 2005, flying 12 vets from Springfield, Ohio to D.C. In just seven years, the movement has expanded, with over 18,000 veterans traveling in 2011 and a grand total of 81,000 veterans since the first Honor Flight.

 

 

         The “Honor Flight” documentary follows the Milwaukee hub—The Stars and Stripes Honor Flight—as they bring veterans to our nation’s capital. The film broke a world record this summer when it premiered at Miller Park Stadium in Wisconsin. A judge from the Guinness World Records declared that “Honor Flight” had set a new record for largest attendance at a film screening with 28,442 viewers. It has even been submitted to be considered for Best Documentary at the Academy Awards.

         But even without those accolades, “Honor Flight” is a film you need to see. Though few WWII veterans talk about the war, they do here. And many say, “with the exception of their wedding day and the birth of their children, the trip is the best day of their life.”

 

Dec. 7, 6 p.m.
“Honor Flight” Screening
DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW, Washington, D.C.
Free admission (reserve a ticket online)
202-499-4149 / honorflight.org

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