FORT WAYNE — It will be movie night at Parkview Field – but this will be no ordinary movie and no ordinary audience.
At 6 p.m. May 27 – Memorial Day – the baseball stadium will host a free screening of the documentary “Honor Flight.”
Honor Flights are planeloads of World War II veterans taken to the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The documentary is about an effort to organize an Honor Flight in Milwaukee, where the community raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to make sure veterans – of whom an estimated 1,000 die a day – can visit the memorial.
Roger Myers was a bombardier in World War II and took an Honor Flight in 2011.
“I was so pleased with it,” Myers said. “I get choked up and emotional when I think of the effort that went into the Honor Flights.”
Bob Myer, president of Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, said there are now 121 Honor Flight hubs in 41 states, and as of November, they have flown almost 100,000 veterans to the memorial. Honor Flight Northeast Indiana began in 2008 and chartered its first flight in May 2009. Its most recent flight was Wednesday, he said; another is planned for May 29.
Myer said the documentary is “a very moving, powerful movie.” The Los Angeles Times called it “enormously moving.”
The first showing of the film was at Miller Park in Milwaukee, where 25,000 turned out to see it.
“It would be unbelievable to fill (Parkview Field) up,” Myer said. “To honor these heroes of northeast Indiana would be the greatest thing imaginable.”
Myers said the flight he took was amazing from the full breakfast before the trip to the hundreds of people waving flags awaiting their return.
“It was a moving experience for me,” Myers said. “I think about it daily.”
For more information about Honor Flight Northeast Indiana, see www.hfnei.org.