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On Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Day, we and several of our fellow Boy Scouts attended the Washington premiere of a film titled "Honor Flight," a moving documentary about four living World War II veterans and how their community came together to give them the trip of a lifetime.
Volunteers race against the clock to fly thousands of World War II veterans to Washington to see their World War II memorial, which was constructed in 2004, nearly 60 years after their service.
With our nation losing as many as 900 World War II veterans every day, there are fewer opportunities to recognize these heroes from The Greatest Generation.
This film was not originally scheduled to play in the Fredericksburg area, but we learned that we could arrange for it to be shown as long as there was enough demand for it locally. So we have scheduled this film to be shown at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Paragon Village 12 theaters, located behind Spotsylvania Towne Centre.
We specifically requested this date as it is the 68th anniversary of the 1945 planting of the U.S. flag atop Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
We thank Paragon Village theaters; they have agreed to show it in one of their largest theaters, in anticipation of strong interest from the public. We hope the event sells out as it is the only scheduled showing in our area.
Come out and honor our local veterans, especially our Korean War and World War II veterans.
If at all possible, we would like to cover the ticket fee for as many of these veterans as possible. With few exceptions, tickets can be purchased online and in advance and are not available the day of the event. To order your own ticket or to sponsor one for a veteran, go to www.tugg.com/events/2904. There is an email address included if you have questions.
Tanner Poitras and Jake Phillips
Boy Scout Troop 835 and 14, respectively