MPTV Special Presents HONOR FLIGHT Highlights
July 31, 2012
The Miller Park ceremony honoring Wisconsin's WWII veterans, including excerpts from a new film focusing on their experiences, will be captured in a one-hour program premiering Monday, Aug. 20, on MPTV HD 10.1 at 7 p.m.
FIELD OF HONOR: A SALUTE TO THE GREATEST GENERATION, produced by Milwaukee Public Television, covers the Aug. 11 event that honored thousands of veterans. The program will be repeated Thursday, Aug. 23, on MPTV HD 10.1 at 9 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 25, on MPTV HD 36.1 at 10:30 p.m.
The MPTV production provides clips from HONOR FLIGHT, a feature length film which was the highlight of the celebration. The documentary features the veterans' honor flights and their trips to the nation's capitol to see the WWII Memorial and other military tributes, capturing their stories and experiences.
Interviews with veterans and their reactions to the original scale model of the National WWII Memorial, which will go to the Smithsonian, are offered. The program covers live music, flyovers, fireworks and other activities at the event. The production also will feature a clip from RETURN TO PEARL, MPTV's upcoming documentary that follows 19 area WWII veterans who visited Pearl Harbor in June. They were stationed at Pearl Harbor when Japan bombed it.
Support for the FIELD OF HONOR television production has been provided by Milwaukee's Hydrite Chemical Company.
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, which organized the Milwaukee event, has flown more than 2,000 veterans from southeastern Wisconsin to Washington, D.C., to see the WWII Memorial honoring them. The group will offer two more trips to Washington this fall, taking another 300 veterans on those flights. Honor Flight is a national program with 110 hubs in 34 states and offers the trips free of charge to WWII veterans.
MPTV is broadcasting four other war-related programs in August on MPTV HD 10.1:
Aug. 5: STORIES FROM THE HOME FRONT: THE WAR IN WISCONSIN, 10:30 p.m.
Aug. 6: USS WISCONSIN: THE LAST BATTLESHIP, 10:30 p.m.
July 31-Aug. 8: THE WAR, seven-part series by Ken Burns, 8 p.m.
Aug. 16: 20TH CENTURY BATTLEFIELD: VIETNAM, 9 p.m.