Saturday, December 15, 2012
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is offering paver bricks for sale, which can be used to honor a veteran or someone you love. The bricks are discounted for the holidays.
Editor's note: The following information is taken from a press release from Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. As you may know, Stars and Stripes Honor Flight has dedicated a replica of the WWII Memorial "Wisconsin Pillar" placed prominently and beautifully on the new Coal Dock Park in Port Washington. The park officially opens in June of 2013. However, just in time for Christmas, you may now support Honor Flight by purchasing a customized paver brick in honor of your family and/or your favorite veteran. The bricks will adorn a gorgeous walkway to the memorial. As we are interested in having as many people as possible participate and honor our veterans, we are offering the bricks for a limited time for only $50.00. This is easy: Information …
Monday, December 3, 2012
The documentary film that follows the story of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight airs in Marcus Theatres throughout the state this week, but not before members of Congress take time to view the movie on their home turf.
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Monday, December 3, 2012
The documentary film showcasing the locally born Stars and Stripes Honor Flight will play at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday in front of members of Congress as well as capitol staff and Honor Flight volunteers. Jo Jensen, of Honor Flight, said four members of Congress will speak during a reception before the movie shows, and five WWII veterans will also be present. The documentary, titled "The Story of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight," will hit the big screen in select Marcus Theatres across Wisconsin for three days: this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Starting Friday, the film will have a limited nationwide release. Locally, the documentary is showing at the New Berlin Ridge Cinema, Menomonee Falls Cinema, Delafield Hillside Cinema and …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Wings Over Waukesha brings back memories of flying Air Force plane for World War II pilot.
Merv Karl flew his 35th and final mission on a B-17 more than 67 years ago. While he’s poked his head in one of the World War II planes since then, he hasn’t been in the air on a B-17 for nearly seven decades. That is, until Friday. The 90-year-old Park Ridge, IL, resident rode in the B-17 Aluminum Overcast at the Waukesha County Airport Friday during a special media flight in preparation for the Wings Over Waukesha air show this weekend. “It brought back memories,” said Karl after stepping foot off the airplane. “I can’t believe it was that noisy. … The whole thing was pretty much the way I remembered.” The flight made him reminisce about a low-flying mission over Scotland. He was in his 20s, serving as a pilot with the Eighth Air Force. …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Miller Park is the site for a day of honor and remembrance for veterans from the greatest generation and then some, breaking a world record in the process.
The showing of a documentary based on the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight brought tears to the eye, cheers from the crowd and broke a record for attendance. "Field of Honor," a documentary based on the journey of veterans to visit their war memorials in Washington, D.C., had its premier showing at Miller Park to a nearly sold-out crowd estimated at 33,000. Official totals confirmed by a representative of the Guiness Book of World records put the exact attendance at 28,442. The Honor Flight Network began in 2004 when Earl Morse, a retired air force captain and physician's assistant at a VA clinic in Ohio realized most of his patients who were World War II vets had neither the funds nor the physical ability to make the trip to see their own …
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Event at Miller Park brought together thousands of veterans and their families where they shared their stories of war, bravery and true love.
A sobering statistic flashed across the screen at Miller Park during the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Field of Honor film debuted Saturday night. “One-thousand World War II veterans die every day.” As the veterans pass, so goes the chance to honor them, to hear their stories and to learn from the Greatest Generation. But honor flights throughout the state allow for those veterans to be honored and appreciated and to share their stories with the rest of the world. Martin Videkovich, of Caledonia, fittingly was sworn into the U.S. Navy on July 4, 1942, before he was shipped out to the Pacific. He recently had the chance to see the World War II Memorial when he went on the June Honor Flight. For Videkovich, the highlight of the trip “was …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to share stories of veterans throughout the area during film premiere at Miller Park on Saturday.
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight was aiming big with plans for its Field of Honor event on Saturday — meant to bring together thousands of veterans as well as feature the world premiere of the organization's documentary — but news of the ticket sales are making the event even bigger. With 30,393 tickets sold as of late Friday afternoon, the event is on par to beat the Guiness Book of World Records for a movie premiere attendance — which is currently at 27,022 for a soccer film in Brazil, according to a press release from the group. There are just over 500 tickets left, according to the group's Facebook page. "We need people to stay through the credits or they will be deducted from the total ... and we have an awesome post-movie, 15-minute …
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Hundreds of World War II Era veterans are treated to a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorial. It's a journey that has been repeated several times before, but never gets old.
Most veterans are modest about their service, but often what details they won't tell you, their families will. Waiting for their heroes to come back from the latest Honor Flight at General Mitchell International Airport on a day that began 15 hours before, families wearing shirts with much younger faces in uniform are eager to share who they are waiting for. Richard Lyon of Glendale had a whole posse of family members, identifiable by gray shirts bearing his picture from the United States Navy. He served on the USS Requin, a naval submarine, in the Pacific theatre, although his enlistment would come just as surrender was declared. He had first attempted to enlist as a 16-year-old, lying about his age. However, his mother found out before …
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight sends World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the National World War II Memorial. The veterans received a special welcome home Saturday night at General Mitchel International Airport.
Franklin Teel, who is known by his middle name, Dwight, was greeted with cheers, hugs, smiles and handshakes as he maneuvered his wheelchair past the crowds after leaving the airplane that brought him home from a day trip to Washington, D.C. Teel, 92, of Waukesha, was among the World War II veterans who were given the opportunity to travel to the National World War II Memorial that opened in 2004 through the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. “I have never experienced so much attention, so much respect,” said Teel, while waiting to go home after the flight. “… I was overwhelmed. On the plane, we were given package of mail that came in from friends. I couldn’t help it – it brought tears to my eyes.” The Stars and Stripes Honor Flight provides …