MEDFORD, Ore. — As Honor Flight of Oregon prepares to take more World War II vets to the World War II Memorial, the screening of a special film is planned to help generate interest and donations. To do that, they are hosting a documentary film at Medford’s Tinseltown theaters later this month.
Three years ago this summer, this group of World War II vets and their “guardians” were the first group from Oregon to make the trip to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II Memorial. Several were from Southern Oregon; NewsWatch12 went with them and it was a trip to remember, and now there are five honor flight organizations in Oregon. Now, a documentary about a group of Wisconsin vets who made the inspiring trip is booked for a one-time showing in Medford, February 25th.
“We want to raise awareness of the program. The vets always seem to find us, but we need the volunteers to find us also. We need help here in the area,” explained Local Honor Flight Organizer, Gail Yakopatz.
That’s what the showing of “Honor Flight: One Last Missison” is all about; to raise awareness and raise donations so more vets can get to the memorial while they are still living.
“We’ve got about 50 vets on the wait list just from those areas, about 25 alone here from Jackson and Josephine Counties,” Yakopatz said. “We’re doing a trip in April and we’re taking 15 vets and we hope to do, through the movie and through getting the word out about Honor flight, finding boots on the ground here in this area to help us, not only run the organization but help us with fundraising to get those 25 veterans from Jackson and Josephine counties on a flight this year.”
Hundreds of Oregon veterans have made the trip back to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II Memorial. Honor Flight: The Last Mission will give you a real life glimpse of what its like for these veterans who’ve given so much for our country.