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Facebook initiative strives to get all to ‘Honor Our Heroes’ in preparation for Memorial Day

LatinaLista — Memorial Day is fast approaching — the last Monday of May — and it’s the time of year specifically dedicated to remembering everyone who died in the service of our country.

Yet, for veterans and their families there is no need to set one day aside to remember comrades and friends who have died before their time — because there is no forgetting them. That special bond soldiers have with one another is especially poignant for our nation’s oldest veterans.

Living during a time when going to war was considered an intensely patriotic duty, World War II veterans never received much glory or attention. It’s only been during the last 25 years that stories have emerged highlighting those soldiers and their unique sacrifices and contributions.

Now, a 2012 documentary just released online, resurrects the service of those World War II veterans. Honor Flight is a film about four WWII veterans, all in their 80s and 90s, who inspire their small town to come together to send them on a trip to Washington, DC to see the WWII Memorial.

The film takes its name from the actual nonprofit that flies WWII veterans throughout the year — free of charge — to DC to see the Memorial. But with 1,000 WWII veterans dying every day, it’s become a “race against time” to make every WWII vet’s dream of seeing it a reality.

As a way to celebrate the release of the film and honor veterans, Snagfilms created the “Honor Our Heroes” initiative on Facebook. On a public platform, family and friends can acknowledge the veterans in their lives, change their profile picture with the supplied postcard on the site and tweet #honorheroes — illustrating how Memorial Day is more than just one day a year.

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