Free showing of "Honor Flight" movie on Veterans Day in Wilmington

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

A free showing of the award-winning documentary, “Honor Flight: One Last Mission” will be featured this coming Veterans Day, from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the Wilmington Convention Center, 515 Nutt St. in downtown Wilmington.

“Honor Flight” is described as a documentary about four living World War II veterans and a community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime. Volunteers fly thousands of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial constructed for them in 2005, nearly 60 years after the war.

The film features Orville Lemke, a former plumber and father of nine who fights terminal cancer so he can make the trip, and Julian Plaster, an 89-year-old poet who has survived almost all of his friends and family.

“Honor Flight” also chronicles the stories of veterans Joe Demler and Harvey Kurz. They raise money for and promote the Honor Flight program to help fly as many of their fellow veterans as possible.

Demler, a soft-spoken retired postmaster, was famously pictured in Life magazine as “the Human Skeleton” upon his liberation from a German POW camp. Days from death, he weighed just 70 pounds. Kurz, his comedic sidekick, saw the iconic flag go up at the Battle of Iwo Jima.

During the showing of the movie, the nation’s military branches and veterans will be honored, with specific recognition of World War II veterans.

The Veterans Day presentation is being orchestrated by the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCareCenter, along with the New Hanover County Veterans Council and many other community and veterans groups.

For more information about the movie, go to ilmhonorflight.org or contact Jason Clamme at (910) 796-7943 or Jason.Clamme@lcfh.org. Organizers of the event are also seeking sponsorships to help with expenses incurred to host the celebration.

The Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit organization that has flown more than 100,000 veterans to Washington, D.C. It consists of 117 hubs across the country. Go to www.honorflight.org for more information.

The Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is the Milwaukee-based Honor Flight hub featured in the film. Learn more about it at www.starsandstripeshonorflight.org.

Through its Veterans History Project, the Library of Congress has collected and preserved more than 80,000 personal accounts of American war veterans. Learn more at www.loc.gov/vets.

To view a trailer of the movie, go to www.honorflightthemovie.com.