Free Film Screening for Veterans & Military Members at IMAX in Austin

Join the Bullock Texas State History Museum for a special screening of D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 on Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m. The film brings the monumental landing of Allied troops on the beaches of Normandy, France, to the biggest screen in Texas for the 70th anniversary of this pivotal World War II event. Blending animation, computer generated imagery (CGI) and stunning live-action images, D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 thrills audiences of all ages in breathtaking IMAX(r) 3D as they discover how 100 days in the summer of 1944 changed the course of history.

Following the film there will be an on-stage conversation between lawyer-philanthropist Frank Denius and Dr. Tom Hatfield about World War II.

Mr. Denius landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy shortly after the initial landing on June 6, 1944, and fought in every major campaign until the war ended eleven months later, earning four Silver Stars and two Purple Hearts. He is one of the most decorated soldiers of the war. Dr. Hatfield is an internationally recognized military historian and the Director of the Military History Institute at the Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin. You will also get a sneak peek of On the Way, Mr. Denius’ soon-to-be published memoir co-written with Dr. Hatfield.

This program is free for all veterans and military members. Reservations are required and can be made by filling out this online form. For questions, please call 512-936-4649. Non-military patrons may attend by purchasing tickets here.

If you can’t make it to this special screening, but would still like to see the movie another time, please check showtimes and buy tickets online.

D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944 Showtimes                            D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944

 


Local Korean War Veteran Honored with Flight to D.C.

Korean Veteran Goes on Honor Flight

A resident of the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home in Temple will be taken on an all-expenses-paid flight Friday and Saturday to honor his brothers in arms.

The non-profit group Honor Flight Austin will provide a round-trip flight and motorcade escort for longtime Army veteran, Sgt. 1st Class Lawson Beard, a former resident of Austin. Beard, who served from 1952-73, saw action during the Korean War, providing artillery fire communication via the Signal Corps.

Honor Flight

Beard hopes to find the names of his older cousins on the World War II Memorial wall in Washington D.C. — one of several stops on this weekend’s Honor Flight itinerary. Other scheduled stops in D.C. include the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, and the Vietnam War Memorial. Beard and fellow veterans will then be taken to the Arlington National Cemetery to watch the changing of the guard and attend a wreath-laying ceremony, followed by a tour of the Iwo Jima, Air Force and Navy memorials.

Beard’s flight will depart from Austin Bergstrom International Airport at 12:35 p.m. Friday, April 11, and will arrive in Washington D.C. at 4:40 p.m. (Southwest Airlines Flight 819). A lunch will be served prior to boarding at Austin Bergstrom International Airport. After his tour of our nation’s capital, Beard will depart from Washington D.C. at 5:20 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. He is scheduled to arrive back at Austin Bergstrom at 7:55 p.m. (Southwest Airlines Flight 3356).

Honor Flight

Motivated by an understanding that time is running out to express our nation’s thanks to aging veterans, Honor Flight Network transports our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – especially World War II survivors – along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill. To learn more about Austin’s regional Honor Flight hub, visit www.honorflightaustin.org.

In addition to heroes like Beard, the Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB) houses and cares for Texas veterans through its eight Texas State Veterans Homes. Together, they serve more than a thousand veterans and their families needing long-term, high-quality care. For more information call 1-800-252-VETS (1-800-252-8387), or visit www.texasveterans.com.