Its quite an adventure as most of these men are in their 80s and 90s and its a full day. Even so, many who make the trip count it as one of the best days of their life. These are men who came home, put their duffles away, and went on with their life, often rarely talking about their experiences.
This cause is near and dear to my heart- two of my great uncles made the trip and I was there to welcome one home - an amazing experience and one I highly recommend. Unfortunately we recently lost my grandfather who served at Pearl Harbor but the Honor Flight team found a nice way to help us honor him.
For those who cannot make it and to spread the word two young filmmakers made the movie"Honor Flight". You can see it at local theaters nationwide and also buy the DVD.
Here are dates and locations here in Wisconsin:
|Burlington||St. Charles Activity Center||May 19||Get tickets|
|Cedarburg||Rivoli Theater||May 27||Coming soon|
|Kenosha||The Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha||May 01||Get tickets|
|Milwaukee||St. Charles Borromeo Parish School||May 17||Get tickets|
|New Berlin||Marcus Ridge Cinema||May 01||Get tickets|
There are many ways to help out this worthy cause: If you see the movie or buy the DVD the funds go to Honor Flight. You can also buy a brick to honor a service member, more information here.
You can go and cheer on the veterans come home. The next return date is June 8 at Mitchell Field in Milwaukee ( get there early - there is always a big crowd!)
The Honor Flight also announced that this year they will start to fly Korean War Veterans. I've already shared this news with 3 people I know who served in that conflict - they fly free and you can try to be a guardian and go with them for a nominal cost. The people I shared this with were so excited to be honored in this way!
So spread the word, see the movie, thank a veteran