Honor Flight documentary screened in Mequon

Honor Flight documentary screened in Mequon

By Jon Byman. CREATED Dec 8, 2011

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.