Honor Flight documentary screened in Mequon

CREATED Dec. 8, 2011

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  • People filled Mitchell International to welcome their vets home.

  • The Honor Guard leads our vets back to their families at Mitchell International.

  • Waiting for our return flight.

  • At the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier watching the changing of the guard.

  • Posing for the group shot at the WWII Memorial.

  • Wisconsin's column at the WWII memorial.

  • Flowers left at a memorial to the 101st Airborne at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • At the Women's Memorial.

  • Our welcome in Washington.

  • Relatives of one of our vets meet him at the airport in Washington.

  • Charlie Sykes shakes our vets hands as they arrive at Dulles International.

  • People in Washington DC welcome our vets at the airport.

  • Waiting to go see the sights.

  • Charlie Sykes poses with a vet.

  • Flying to Washington

  • Music for the vets as we wait for our flight.

  • Volunteers shake the hands of the vets prior to takeoff.

  • Vets and their Guardians lined up at Mitchell getting ready for their flight.

MEQUON - About 400 volunteers and supporters got a sneak peak at a feature length film that profiles the story of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.  Honor Flights are a national organization that sends World War II vets to see their memorial at no cost to them.

The Honor Flight chapter in southeast Wisconsin has sent more than 1,200 veterans to see the World War II Memorial in Washington DC.  We are one of the most active chapters in the country.

Producer Dan Hayes has been working for some time now on a feature length film that profiles our chapter's story.  Dan previewed about 40 minutes of the movie at the ultra screen at Marcus Theaters in Mequon Wednesday night.

"There wasn't a dry eye in the house," Stars and Stripes Chairman Joe Dean noted after the premier.

The film's director showed a series of scenes from the movie including profiles of some of the vets who made the trip and the story of the organization as well.  Click Here to watch the trailer.

"There's light situations, there's levity and there's the reality that these men and women are dying every day.  I was trying to find the right mix of that but tell the story that honors them best," the film's director Dan Hayes said.

While Hayes profiles vets and profiles the people behind the Honor Flight, he says he hopes the story profiles our community as a whole.  "The community is a character in the film," Hayes said.

The community has played a huge role in the success of our Honor Flight chapter.  Among the people at Wednesday's premier were some people who wrote very large checks.  Those donors, much like the vets they support, don't seem to want much credit for stepping up.

Hayes hopes to release the full film on Memorial Day 2012.

Click Here to see Newsradio 620 WTMJ's coverage of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flights.