Sixty-two years and 25 days after the surrender of the Japanese and the end of the Second World War, the wheels of the plane that carried Honor Flight Michigan Flight 6 touched down in Washington, DC. The long overdue day of honor had finally come for the heroes aboard.
There is a concept that exists inside the United States Army, appropriately recognized as going "beyond the call of duty." In the Army, deserving recipients who display this enormously courageous feat are rewarded with the highest honor the United States Military bestows: the Congressional Medal of Honor. Though there have been less than 3,500 recipients of this incredible honor, one could make the argument that every single one of the 16 Million men and women who so bravely served our country during World War II is deserving of recognition for going "beyond the call of duty."
From 1942 through 1945, an entire generation left behind the home they knew and were transported from the deli counter, to the battlefield, from the line at a picture show, to the front lines of the most horrific war mankind has yet seen. It was without pomp and circumstance that these American heroes celebrated their patriotism by serving and saving not only our country, but the entire world from a terrible, unknown fate. And though the Medal of Honor only weighs on the lapel of 3,500 of the most deserving and brave soldiers of the United States, the phrase "beyond the call of duty" has come to represent the sacrifice of an entire generation—our Greatest Generation.
In civilian life there are no such medals and no such ranks in which to rise. There are, however, still those who exemplify the courage and commitment it takes to go "beyond the call of duty". Following the example from the men and women whom they wished to honor, the volunteers that make up every facet of Honor Flight Michigan, whether they realize it or not, display the exact same patriotic traits of service and a compelling sense of duty that helps elevate the generation they serve to that of American legend. By devoting their time to honoring the legacy of the 16 Million men and women who served in the armed forces during World War II, the folks at Honor Flight Michigan ensure that the American flag continues to fly with a renewed sense of importance and a humble patriotism. These are the ideals handed off to them from the generation that came before.
These two groups, unique in their service, honor America by representing the best of what we have to offer—an unshakable willpower and a drive unmatched, paired with a compelling sense of duty to use them in the service of the greater good.
The goal of this film is to celebrate that commitment.
ABOUT THE FILMMAKERS:
GABE DOWNEYA native Michigander, Gabe began filming shorts stories, music videos and documentary shorts when he was 7 years old. A published author - including a book of his own poems, stories and songs lyrics and a freelance writer who has contributed editorials, articles, reviews and satirical pieces to independent newspapers and publications. He also was a contributing writer to the book Honor Flight Michigan ñ The Legacy, writing the In Memoriamî section of the book. An accomplished songwriter and musician, Gabe plays several instruments, including guitar, bass, piano, harmonica and ukulele. Honor Flight Michigan, The Legacy is his first full length Documentary Film as writer and director.
To contact Gabe e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
JONATHON MELLOWAlso from Michigan, Jon has had a life-long interest in film and documentary film making. He and co-filmmaker Gabe Downey met in kindergarten and have been friends and collaborators since. Jon brings his eye for detail and authenticity through his exhaustive searches for archival footage and images for Honor Flight Michigan -The Legacy Documentary. This is Jon's first full length project and he is looking forward to more challenging subject matter.
To contact Jon e-mail email@example.com