Honor Flight Coming Back to the Big Screen
After a successful first run of the documentary in Wisconsin theatres, the documentary film that follows the story of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight will show again this month.
The documentary film that follows the story of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight will be shown for a second time at Marcus Theatres in New Berlin and other select Marcus theaters throughout the state this week.
Four theatres that will have showings from Jan. 14 through the 17 include:
- Saukville Cinema;
- Menomonee Falls Cinema;
- Ridge Cinema in New Berlin;
- and South Shore Cinema in Oak Creek.
Several other locations have confirmed showings scheduled for just Jan. 16 and 17, including:
- Renaissance in Sturtevant;
- Sheboygan Cinema;
- Point Cinema, Madison;
- and Ho-Chunk in Tomah.
Starring two Ozaukee County WWII veterans, Honor Flight follows a team of local volunteers as they race against the clock to send every WWII veteran on a completely free trip — an Honor Flight — to Washington, DC to visit the war memorials built to commemorate their service.
Throughout the Honor Flight experience veterans begin to share their war stories — some for the first time. For many of the veterans, this is their first visit to Washington, DC and the first time they have been thanked for their sacrifice.
Ozaukee County veterans Joe Demler, a former WWII POW, and Harvey Kurz, who was at Iwo Jima, star in the film and will be making appearances for the film, said Joe Dean, Stars and Stripes Honor Flight chairman.
Demler will be in Congress for the showing of the movie on Dec. 7, coincidently Pearl Harbor Day and also his birthday. Kurz will at that the showing at the National Press Club next week.
Kurz said he saw the movie in August at Miller Park and is looking forward to seeing it again.
“I could watch it over and over,” he said.
The movie is of interest to all ages for its historical and personal significance.
Honor Flight was directed by Wauwatosa native Dan Hayes and produced by Freethink Media. The movie has been submitted for an Academy Award in the category of Best Documentary Feature.
The film set a Guinness World Record for the largest film screening ever of 28,422 people at Miller Park on Aug. 11, according to Freethink Media.
Earlier this month, the Honor Flight announced that it completed its waiting list for area veterans with its 16th mission flown.
Honor Flight is a national program with 117 hubs from coast to coast. The WWII Memorial did not open until 2004 and many veterans are unable to visit it without assistance. According to the VA, a WII veteran dies every 90 seconds in the US. The average age of a WWII veteran is 89 years old.