Stars and Stripes Honor Flight has teamed up with Miller Park to host an event in August that will bring together thousands of veterans and feature the world premiere of the organization's documentary.
Field of Honor: A Salute to the Greatest Generation will start at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 11, with the parking lots opening at 3:30 p.m. for tailgating. Tickets cost $11 each, and a complete itinerary is available on the organization's website.
Filmmaker Dan Hayes was inspired to create the documentary in 2009, after meeting up with the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight group that was visiting the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. Hayes collected stories from the veterans and shortly thereafter he cut together a five-minute film about the men. However, he soon realized there was greater potential.
"There’a a lot more to the story than a five minute piece," he said.
In 2010, Hayes began He participated in three Stars and Stripes Honor Flights where the veterans "really opened up" and shared their stories. Soon, Hayes had over 100 hours of footage, and the final documentary will first hit the screen at Miller Park.
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After working on the project for months, Hayes explained that it has had a profound effect on him.
"It’s forced me to reflect on my freedom everyday," he said. "People today, my generation especially, take it for granted."
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is a branch of the National Honor Flight Network that was started in Wisconsin by Port Washington resident and Alderman Joe Dean.
A Stars and Strips flight is set to land in the Milwaukee General Mitchell Airport on Saturday night, and Patch will be covering the event. Check the site over the weekend for that coverage; .
Purchase tickets by calling 414-902-4000 or visiting brewers.com/fieldofhonor. Groups of 25 or more can purchase tickets by filling out this form. With questions, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the event hotline at 262-238-7741. The Brewers are playing the Astros in an away game during this event.