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WSRE Honor Flight Documentary Pays Tribute to WWII Veterans

Honor Flight... A Journey of Heroes

Emerald Coast Honor Flight LogoWSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast, has produced an original documentary in honor of the inaugural trip of Emerald Coast Honor Flight that took place on April 30, 2008. The one-hour documentary, Honor Flight...A Journey of Heroes, was produced in high definition (HD), and 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.

Special thanks to Celebrations The Florist for donating the "Emerald Coast Honor Flight" dedication wreath to be placed at the WWII Memorial by each group of veterans making the Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

What is the Honor Flight?

Honor Flight Network LogoEmerald Coast Honor Flight is working with the Marine Corps League J.R. Spears detachment 066,  a non-profit organization, to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. Veterans will fly from Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Washington, and Holmes counties to Washington, D.C. to reflect at their memorials for a one day free visit. Please go to www.emeraldcoasthonorflight.com to learn more about the program. The Honor Flight National website can be see at www.honorflight.org.

What is WSRE's Involvement?

WSRE's cameras will be there to capture the Inaugural Flight from Northwest Florida. We are producing a documentary about the inaugural flight. Also, WSRE is collecting your stories online. We want your "Story of Honor".


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