Thursday, April 25, 2013
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight kicks off its flying season for 2013 on Saturday.
Editor's note: The following press release was submitted by the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. Stars and Stripes Honor Flight kicks off its flying season for 2013 on Saturday, April 27. This flight, on one chartered Delta 757 aircraft, will take 110 WWII veterans from southeastern Wisconsin on a one day free trip to Washington, DC to see their memorials. This is the 17th Honor Flight out of Milwaukee and will be the last flight exclusively for WWII veterans. The next Honor Flight on June 8 will feature about 25 percent Korean War veterans in addition to WWII veterans. "We're excited to transition our mission from WWII veterans to Korean War veterans this year, " said Paula Nelson, President of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. "We will …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is also announcing a limited edition DVD sales of its documentary film Honor Flight; the movie will hit retail stores this May.
Editor's note: The following information was taken from a press release provided by Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is transitioning its mission in 2013 to also fly Korean War veterans to see their memorials in Washington, DC. "These Korean War veterans are often known as the 'forgotten ones from the forgotten war.' Well, they are forgotten no longer," said Joe Dean, Chairman of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. According to Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, there are currently 40,000 Korean War era veterans living in Wisconsin. (There are 27,000 WWII veterans living in the state.) Thanks to overwhelming community support, Stars and Stripes Honor Flight will be able to continue flying veterans once …
Monday, January 21, 2013
Director Dan Hayes, a native of Wauwatosa, remembers the "electricity" in the air when the documentary set a record for largest film screening in history over the summer — and looks forward to continuing on with the film's journey.
After a second stint back on the big screen in Marcus theatres across Wisconsin, the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight documentary has touched the lives of more than 55,000 viewers, Honor Flight officials say. The Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Facebook page is chock full of comments from people in the Milwaukee area who saw the film this week, offering gracious praise about the power of the film's message. "I believe people recognize that — in a way — these heroes are the new Ghost Soldiers. Now you see them, now you don't," Stars and Stripes Honor Flight founder Joe Dean said. "Over 1,000 WWII heroes die every single day in this country. It is beyond our ability to describe how grateful we are that so many people recognize this fleeting …
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Miller Park is the site for a day of honor and remembrance for veterans from the greatest generation and then some, breaking a world record in the process.
The showing of a documentary based on the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight brought tears to the eye, cheers from the crowd and broke a record for attendance. "Field of Honor," a documentary based on the journey of veterans to visit their war memorials in Washington, D.C., had its premier showing at Miller Park to a nearly sold-out crowd estimated at 33,000. Official totals confirmed by a representative of the Guiness Book of World records put the exact attendance at 28,442. The Honor Flight Network began in 2004 when Earl Morse, a retired air force captain and physician's assistant at a VA clinic in Ohio realized most of his patients who were World War II vets had neither the funds nor the physical ability to make the trip to see their own …
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Honor Flight launches a new website with information about its upcoming Field of Honor event in Miller Park, including the story of a volunteer who's Honor Flight trip was made possible by friend's donations.
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is asking the public to share veterans' stories this weekend as a way to help spread the word and honor the sacrifices made by these soldiers. As part of the organizations "#DoMore" campaign, the group has issued its Memorial Day Challenge of getting, "50,000 views for this video about Harley-riding Ryan Jazak, who accompanied a vet on an Honor Flight with the support of his brother serving in Afghanistan," according to the website. Late Friday afternoon, the video had just under 2,000 views. The challenge is also additional promotion for the Stars and Stripes upcoming Field of Honor event in Miller Park. Stars and Stripes Honor Flight recently partnered with event organizers of the Milwaukee Air & Water Show…
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is hosting an evening event to feature the world premiere of its documentary, "The Story of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight."
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Saturday, April 28, 2012
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…
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Hundreds of World War II Era veterans are treated to a trip to Washington, D.C., to visit their memorial. It's a journey that has been repeated several times before, but never gets old.
Most veterans are modest about their service, but often what details they won't tell you, their families will. Waiting for their heroes to come back from the latest Honor Flight at General Mitchell International Airport on a day that began 15 hours before, families wearing shirts with much younger faces in uniform are eager to share who they are waiting for. Richard Lyon of Glendale had a whole posse of family members, identifiable by gray shirts bearing his picture from the United States Navy. He served on the USS Requin, a naval submarine, in the Pacific theatre, although his enlistment would come just as surrender was declared. He had first attempted to enlist as a 16-year-old, lying about his age. However, his mother found out before …
Friday, May 13, 2011
Andrew Paretti Jr., World War II veteran and Fox Point resident, shares his experiences.
Andrew Paretti Jr. is an 86-year-old World War II veteran, and he doesn’t think he’s a hero. Nor did he want to go on an Honor Flight when his friend, John Young, a retired Navy captain he met in the Navy League, first suggested it. “Those are for the heroes,” he said. Still, Young persisted for three years, and finally accompanied Paretti as a guardian on a Stars and Stripes Honor Flight two weeks ago to see the National World War II memorial. Saturday, hundreds of other World War II veterans will take an expenses paid Stars and Stripes Honor Flight to Washington D.C. to visit their memorials, accompanied by volunteer guardians. “The highlight of the trip was when we got home," Parett said. "When we passed security, they had close to 3,…