Named after a program that sends WWII veterans to see the memorial erected in their honor, the new documentary "Honor Flight" follows four Midwestern heroes as they travel across the country to do just that.
It's an extremely moving look at how one town rallied to raise the funds to send them off, and In the FOXlight's Michael Tammero got a chance to chat with the director, along with one of the subjects of the film, about how it all went down.
"I went to my doctor, I had just gotten off of my second bypass surgery, and I said to him, 'I read in the paper where somebody was going to give me a free trip to Washington, D.C. Do you think I'd be able to go?'" recounts Joe Demler, a veteran of WWII who fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Then, once Demler got the OK, he not only applied for the trip himself, but helped raise enough money to send three planes' worth of fellow veterans.
"It's just such a powerful story," added the film's director, Dan Hayes. "Anytime someone hears it, they want to get involved, whether it's volunteering, donating money — so this thing has really taken off all across the country."
"Honor Flight" comes out on DVD June 4, but it's also available on-demand with many local cable providers. To learn more, watch Michael Tammero's interview in the video above.