WRAL News Documentary: 'Stories of Honor'
World War II: the defining moment of the 20th century. More than 16 million soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen served in the war, and more than 400,000 lost their lives. They have become known as the Greatest Generation for their service and their sacrifice. In 2004, a national memorial was dedicated on the mall in Washington D.C. in their honor.
The Triangle Flight of Honor is a nonprofit, volunteer organization that is flying WWII veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial. While the organization serves veterans of all wars, special priority is being given to WWII veterans, because they are dying at a rate of 1,200 a day nationwide. Flights, ground transportation and personal assistance are offered free of charge to veterans who might not otherwise have the opportunity to see the memorial in their lifetime.
WRAL News viewers raised $50,481 dollars to help fund the first flight on Oct. 7, 2010.
“Stories of Honor” is a half-hour documentary profiling three veterans who made the flight. They are:
- Derwood Copeland, a B-17 pilot who was shot down over France and spent nearly two years in a German POW camp.
- Hugh Shearin, a soldier who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and whose unit suffered many casualties.
- D.C. Lawson, a Marine who was wounded and nearly died in the battle of Okinawa.
WRAL News anchor and reporter Kelcey Carlson brings these courageous heroes to television and travels with them on their poignant first-time journey to see the national World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
- Final Triangle Flight of Honor trip draws huge homecoming crowd
- Rocky Mount woman recalls WWII Navy days
- Year's last Flight of Honor lands at RDU
- Hoke County vet recalls POW past
- Flight of Honor takes veterans to D.C. memorial
- Rocky Mount vet joins last Flight of Honor
- Hoke County vet ready for Flight of Honor
- Veterans return from Flight of Honor
- WWII vet: DC memorial is 'beautiful'
Send us photos of your veterans
- Behind the doc: Stories that humble
- Claude May's WWII diary
- Triangle Flight of Honor
- Application to participate in the Triangle Flight of Honor
- Triangle Flight of Honor Itinerary
- Regional Hub Locations for Honor Flights
- Honor Flight Network
- National WWII Memorial
- The National World War Two Museum
- Donate to Flight of Honor
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