There are many components to the Astros Salute to Veterans at Minute Maid Park Monday, among them the screening of the award-winning documentary “Honor Flight.” The event is free, and gates open at 11. The movie will follow the guest speakers.
The film follows four elderly World War Two veterans on their trip to Washington DC to see the WWII Memorial built in their honor. Kmele Foster, an executive producer of the movie, says the team started the project almost four years ago. It premiered in August of 2012 at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which is where the four featured men reside. 28,400 showed up for the screening, which was a Guinness World Record for attendance at a movie premiere.
Orville Lemke has terminal cancer that he will not surrender to because he has one item remaining on his bucket list. As with many World War Two veterans, this will be his last trip.
Julian Plaster, a poet, is 89. Most of his friends, even most of his family, have gone on to the Lord and wait for him in Heaven. He remains, as if…why?
Joe Demler was taken prisoner after the Battle of the Buldge, and was down to 70 lbs. when Allies troops liberated the German camp. He’s a soft-spoken, gentle, retired mailman.
Harvey Kurz has been bagging groceries in his golden years. No one aware that he was there when the Old Glory was raised on Iowa Jima.
Joe and Harvey have been active in raising money to help other World War Two veterans share in the experience of standing before the memorial dedicated in 2004 honoring the sacrifice of the 16 million Americans who served in the Armed Forces during the war to end all wars. Many of the 400,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice rest forever nearby at Arlington National Cemetery.
“I’m just hopeful that everyone will come and enjoy themselves,” Foster tells KTRH News, speaking about Monday’s screening at Minute Maid Park which will recognize World War Two veterans in attendance. “That these men and women will just be acknowledged is special.”