WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, has made its original documentary, "Honor Flight.A Journey of Heroes," available on its Web site at wsre.org/honorflight for anytime viewing. The documentary was created in honor of the inaugural trip of Emerald Coast Honor Flight that took place on April 30, 2008. The one-hour program chronicles the journey of a group of Northwest Florida's veterans from the Second World War as they travel to Washington D.C. on the inaugural trip of Emerald Coast Honor Flight to visit the WWII Memorial erected at our nation's capital in their honor.
The WSRE original documentary features exclusive interviews with Senator Bob Dole and Congressman Jeff Miller, as well as other highlights that include the veterans' recollections of war, their experiences and reactions at the WWII Memorial, conversations with Emerald Coast Honor Flight guardians, and thoughts shared by families and friends. A wreath-laying ceremony, visits to the Korean and Vietnam Memorials, and the incredible heroes' welcome that these veterans received are all captured in this special documentary.
"It was an awesome, overwhelming, heartfelt and emotional homecoming for a group of veterans who, in the 63 years since the war ended, had never received such accolades," states documentary producer Jill Hubbs who also went on the trip. "I was moved to tears," she said.
Spearheaded by Congressman Jeff Miller, Emerald Coast Honor Flight, is a non-profit volunteer organization comprised of regional business and community leaders and active and retired military personnel. It was created to honor WWII veterans from the First Congressional District of Florida. The inaugural flight of Emerald Coast Honor Flight, took place on April 30, 2008, with 100 veterans, traveling free of charge, to see their memorial for the first time.
To see a gallery of photos from the April 30, 2008 inaugural trip of Honor Flight and to watch the WSRE original documentary in its entirety, visit the WSRE Web site at wsre.org/honorflight.