Milwaukee's Honor Flight to release photo book to benefit future flights

CREATED Sep 11, 2013

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PORT WASHINGTON - Stars and Stripes Honor Flight has announced they will be releasing a coffee table book commemorating the journeys of thousands of veterans.

"Through breathtaking photographs, Honor Flight: A Visual Journey is a glorious art book that celebrates the treasured memories of WWII veterans as they travel on a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to Washington, DC to see their memorials," said Renee Riddle with the organization. "SSHF curated five years of photographs from 18 Honor Flights to find the most moving images that tell the Honor Flight story through the eyes of our aging heroes."

Sales of the book will benefit both Honor Flight and Fisher House Wisconsin. The proceeds going toward SSHF will benefit future flights out of Milwaukee.

"Fisher House will be breaking ground at the Milwaukee VA in the spring of 2014 to build a 'home away from home' for our veterans so their family members can be close to them during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury," Riddle said.

"Honor Flight is all about saying Thank You. But sometimes thank you is not enough," says Joe Dean, founder of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. "What we realized during the process of the Honor Flight experience, is that we shouldn't wait 70 years to show our veterans how much we appreciate them. We have young servicemen and women returning from their tours of duty hurt and in need of healing. Fisher House helps our wounded warriors heal with their families close at hand. We want to help make that happen here in southeast Wisconsin. We believe a family's love is good medicine."

Close to 2,700 veterans have taken a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight since 2008.

Stars and Stripes Honor Flight will have two more flights this year, on September 21 and November 2. One of the two planes for the November flight will be exclusively for Korean War veterans.

We Energies and the Wisconsin Energy Foundation will help fund the 330-page book, which is due out Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2013.

For more information, you can go here, or call (262) 238-7741. Pre-orders are available online now.