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Antigo Honors Veterans at Movie TheaterSubmitted: 03/10/2013

Shardaa Gray
Reporter/Anchor
sgray@wjfw.com

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ANTIGO - There wasn't a dry eye at the Antigo Palace theater Sunday afternoon.

The well-known documentary Honor Flight was shown to the community to celebrate the veterans of Antigo.

"To see this video it just puts a lump in my throat." said Korean War Veteran, Keith Wilson.

The documentary follows the story of four World War II veterans and their journey on the honor flight to see the memorial built for them in 2004 in Washington D.C.

44 Antigo veterans have gone already.

"They brought their families, they brought their grandchildren, they brought their spouses to share with them the experience that they had on the honor flight." Never Forgotten Honor Flight Co-Founder, Jim Campbell said.

The documentary is making its way across Wisconsin and the country, but the Palace theater did something different for Antigo veterans.

"I come from a family of veterans. My uncle was killed in a war, my father was a veteran and my brothers family is all military," said Palace Co-Owner, Barb Suick.

"They've never been thanked properly and after sixty years building this memorial, it's about time that they got what was due."

The Antigo community honored the veterans by giving them a reception as well as viewing the movie for free here at the theater, but one veteran we spoke with thinks the story is a lot deeper than just a documentary.

"With the trouble that we're having now, things have changed completely and yet there's people who don't like each other," Wilson said.

"But this country has to learn to live together and love each other and get along better."

If you think this movie is another traditional documentary, you might want to think again.

"Anybody who gets a chance to see this documentary, do so," said Honor Flight Member, Donald Halverson.

"They'll get a different perspective on what our nation went through and the men and women that fought so we are a free country."

The movie will show again March 17th at the Palace Theater.

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