'A Salute to Honor' tells local veterans' stories

Documentary: "A Salute To Honor" Screening

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - Veterans Day was Friday but our service members deserve more than just one day to be appreciated.
There are so many stories of heroism and strength from our veterans and a team of filmmakers has produced a documentary to shed light on some of those stories.

Directors Joshua Norman and Daniel Joel Deal as well as Tony Gianunzio, a World War II Veteran, joined the weekend morning news with more on "A Salute to Honor".

"A Salute to Honor"  tells the compelling life stories of West Michigan World War II Veterans who were impacted by the war.  In the film, Tony Gianunzio discusses his experience as an aspiring professional baseball player who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs but had to decline after the military draft age was lowered and he was drafted into the US military to serve in WWII. Tony is 93 years old and was granted the opportunity to throw the first pitch at a Cubs game last year (May 2015).

Additional film highlights include: West Michigan Philanthropist and World War II Veteran, Ralph Havenstein who worked in the Intelligence Corps during WWII and led to significant accomplishments during his service including the Nazi Enigma Code and Operation Overlord. The West Michigan Honor Flight Talons Out and local historians/curators for Grand Valley State University and Calvin College were part of the documentary.

A Salute to Honor has played at 8 film festivals with more film festival screenings expected. 

You can see a free screening of film on Sunday, Nov. 13th at 1 p.m. at Grand Rapids Homes for Veterans located at 300 Monroe Ave NE.  Admission is free and open to the public. An ice cream social will immediately follow the film.

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