According to 2016 Stars And Stripes Luncheon And Film Festival Chairman Mary Humphreys Parker,
“I am honored to be asked to chair the 2016 Stars And Stripes Luncheon and Film Festival and have the upmost respect for former Navy SEAL and founder Ryan “Birdman” Parrott. His dedication to our country and veterans is remarkable. And to see what he has done in a few short years establishing Sons of the Flag gives us all hope that our servicemen can get the help they need. This organization is one of the few that helps Veterans, First-Responders and Civilian Burn Survivors and I am proud to be a part of it.
“This is our third annual event and will again feature a seated luncheon event followed by a weekend full of films. The festival will be held Friday, November 11 to Sunday, 13, with the luncheon event on Friday, November 11, which happens to be Veterans Day this year. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate and honor our heroes. The keynote speaker will be United States Congressman Sam Johnson. Congressman Johnson is a decorated war hero and native Texan and ranks among the few Members of Congress to fight in combat. Congressman Johnson is a decorated war hero and native Texan and ranks among the few Members of Congress to fight in combat. During his 29-year career in the U.S. Air Force, Rep. Johnson flew combat missions in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He endured nearly seven years as a Prisoner of War in Hanoi, including 42 months in solitary confinement. A decorated combat veteran and war hero, Sam was awarded two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, one Bronze Star with Valor, two Purple Hearts, four Air Medals, and three Outstanding Unit Awards.
“Additionally, Sons of the Flag will present the first Legacy Award to Dr. Stephen Burgher, a lead physician at the Baylor Scott And White Health Center, and a Marine Corps trauma team leader at a military medical unit in Afghanistan. We are thrilled that Nancy and David Burgher have agreed to serve as our honorary co-chairs, as they are loved and admired by so many, and embody the American Spirit of Faith and Love of Country in everything they do.
“The Stars And Stripes Film Festival will continue to celebrate our nation’s finest as represented in film, and announcements about our line-up will be made in early fall. This year’s film festival portion will move to Highland Park Village Theater. Sponsorships and passes are now on sale and can be purchased with the sponsorship contract. Luncheon tickets and tables as well as individual film tickets can be purchased later this fall.
The Stars And Stripes Film Festival is programmed by James Faust, Artistic Director of the Dallas Film Society. The Dallas Film Society is a proud partner of Sons of the Flag and is instrumental in the success of the Stars And Stripes Film Festival. This is the third year that DFS has supported Sons of the Flag and has programmed the film festival.
All funds raised directly benefit Veteran, First-Responder and Civilian Burn Survivors supported by Sons of the Flag.
“For more information, please contact Mary Meier“