Honor Flight Movie Comes to Town
Ozaukee County residents star in the film. Area children scheduled to view it in December.
The film will have a limited release nationwide starting Dec. 7. Click here for locations.
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.
The Port Washington-Saukville School District has reserved showings and Dean is encouraging other districts in the state to consider seeing it, also.
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.