Honor Flight Doc Remembers World War II Heroes

In 2009, Reason's Dan Hayes produced a Veterans Day video about the Wisconsin chapter of Honor Flight, a nonprofit that flies World War II veterans gratis to Washington, D.C. to see the memorial dedicated to them. The video is a powerful statment on war, remembrance, gratitude, sacrifice, and the almost-casual heroism of the Greatest Generation.

Since that original piece, Hayes and producer Clay Broga founded Freethink Media and have created a feature-length documentary, Honor Flight, that will premiere at Milwaukee's baseball stadium, Miller Park on Saturday, August 11th. More than 28,000 tickets have been pre-sold, which means that Honor Flight may well break the world record for the largest film screening.

Hayes and Broga sat down with ReasonTV's Nick Gillespie to discuss what initially drew them to the story, how to honor soldiers without glorifying war, and why it's a great time to be an independent filmmaker.

About 7 minutes.

Shot by Joshua Swain and Meredith Bragg. Edited by Bragg. 

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  • Pinky||

    My step uncle recently died. He was at Pearl Harbor and he survived his ship (USS Hull) sinking during Typhoon Cobra. 202 men were lost off the Hull. There were no life boats, everyone was in the water. Many were devoured by sharks. He was one of about 62 survivors. They were in the water for more than 24 hours. Incidents on board the Hull during the Typhoon later became grist for the novel The Caine Mutiny. Apparently there had been talk of relieving the capatin prior to floundering.

    Archie was the nicest, most charismatic, most genuine person I have ever met. As said in the video, he lived each day like it was a bonus. To meet Archie was to become his friend. He was the life of every party, his joy of live was infectious. He is missed.

  • Concerned Citizen||

    Pinky, a toast to your step uncle.

    My dad was in the IVth infantry, U.S. Army. He went into Normdany on D+4. He never told us anything about what he did there, other than he was in the band. I'm sure he saw some horrific shit. I'm thankful he made it home. He died in 1981.

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    Hayes and Broga sat down with ReasonTV's Nick Gillespie to discuss what initially drew them to the story, how to honor soldiers without glorifying war, and why it's a great time to be an independent filmmaker.

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