Local organizations are working together to present local screenings of a record-setting documentary honoring World War II veterans.
Mountain Hospice, in cooperation with Davis & Elkins College, Elkins Cinema 8 and VFW Post 3647 of Elkins and its Ladies Auxiliary, will present two free showings of the film, "Honor Flight: One Last Mission."
These will be the first showings in West Virginia of the emotionally moving documentary that set the Guinness World Record for largest film screening in 2012, when 28,000 attended the premiere at Miller Park in Milwaukee.
The movie will be shown at 6:30 p.m. July 29 and 1 p.m. July 30 at Cinema 8 Elkins in the Tygart Valley Mall. The film is rated PG.
"We want to give back," said Shannon Putnam, a representative from Mountain Hospice. "We also want to share the passion we have for military service men and women."
"We are happy to be doing it for veterans," Elkins Cinema 8 owner Nicholas Kostaos said. "It's gives them something for free in return for their service."
"Honor Flight" is a heart-warming documentary about four surviving World War II veterans and a Midwest community coming together to give them the trip of a lifetime - a visit to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The 24-hour journey is full of surprises that deeply affect all involved.
Featuring the stories of veterans Joe Demler and Harvey Kurz, who raise money to help as many of their fellow veterans as possible make the trip, Orville Lemke, a former plumber and father of nine who fights to hold off 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, the four men and others share their stories and wisdom as the trip unfolds.
The film is free to the public but donations will be welcome and collected by Mountain Hospice. All proceeds will directly support the "Honor Flight" program and the local "We Honor Veterans" program, of which Mountain Hospice is a participating member. Mountain Hospice was able to pay for the licensing fees to get the film in a local venue for no admission price thanks to help from Davis & Elkins College, who have a history helping veteran-oriented fundraisers.
Due to limited seating for each show, reservations are required by calling Mountain Hospice at 304-823-3922. Tickets will be mailed or may be picked up at Mountain Hospice's main office, at 1600 Crim Ave. in Belington.
To learn more about the film, visit www.honorflightthemovie.com/. For further information about the local screening call Putnam at 304-823-3922.