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Honor Flight

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Moving docu about WWII veterans is emotionally intense.

Movie PG 2014 82 minutes
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HONOR FLIGHT is a moving documentary about the work that can be done when a group of passionate people work toward a common goal. In this case, the goal is simple: Help WWII veterans, who die at the rate of 900 a day at the time of the documentary's filming, visit a WWII memorial in their honor before they pass away. For kids interested in history, this puts a very human touch on a distant war. These are living veterans discussing their memories of losing friends and fellow soldiers to battle, surrounded by their loved ones today who want to show respect for their service. There are some good context discussions of important battles, but the main focus of the documentary is the way a community came together to provide this service, free of cost, and must race against time to extend the offer to terminally ill veterans who sometimes are in no shape to travel. Better for older kids due to the emotional intensity, but, for those mature enough, it provides a compelling picture of families mobilizing to give closure to a generation that's expected to be gone entirely within the next 20 years.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: June 4, 2014
  • Director: Dan Hayes
  • Studio: Vivendi
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Topics: History
  • Run time: 82 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG
  • Last updated: February 26, 2022

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