In recognition of the nation’s veterans, the Bartlesville Area History Museum will offer a showing of the documentary film “Journey to Honor — A Salute to America’s World War II Heroes” from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13. The film characterizes the sacrifice of Oklahoma residents who served in all branches of the service during World War II.
The 38-minute production is about a need in Oklahoma, recognized by a dedicated group of volunteers who wanted WWII veterans to see their memorial, according to BAHM Coordinator Jo Crabtree.
“Oklahoma Honor Flights executed detailed planning, while generous donors provided the necessary funding toward this important effort to pay for the flights to honor the remaining World War II generation of Oklahomans, who are quickly diminishing,” Crabtree said. “Without OHF and donations, most of those veterans would have never realized the reward and opportunity to visit their WWII memorial in Washington, D.C.”
The satisfaction of 24 flights achieved and 2,055 Oklahoman veterans taking part in this opportunity to visit their war memorial brought OHF into the final phase of preservation to preserve the story of how Oklahoma responded to the need and responsibility of the state to honor this generation of World War II veterans.
“A very personal and emotional journey for several of those veterans is told by the men themselves, who lived this history and went back to their own lives, never the same,” Crabtree said. “The humility they exhibit is an example to all generations that follow, for love of God and Country.
Keith McPhail of Bartlesville Monthly Magazine will emcee the event.
The Bartlesville Area History Museum is a family friendly facility on the fifth floor of City Hall, located at 401 S. Johnstone, where admission is free and donations are always welcome. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 918-338-4294.