- Mar 5, 2010 10:27 PM ET
The Pacific - Tom Budge, James Badge Dale, Joshua Helman
In anticipation of its upcoming World War II miniseries The Pacific, HBO will foot the bill for 250 veterans to visit the World War II memorial in Washington next week, The Associated Press reported.
The pay cable channel said it is working with the Honor Flight Network, which pays to transport veterans to the capital.
HBO to premiere The Pacific March 14
Veterans coming from as far as Boston, Chicago and Orlando, Fla., will make the trip and participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the World War II memorial on March 11. HBO intends to use footage from the ceremony.
From the production team behind 2001’s Band of Brothers, The Pacific chronicles the U.S. fight against Japan. The 10-part series will debut March 14 on HBO.
The Pacific “is an amazing tribute to veterans overall and reminds us of the sacrifices they’ve made,” HBO marketing chief Courteney Monroe told the AP. “We really wanted to use this opportunity to honor these veterans and thank them for the sacrifices they’ve made.”
In 2001, HBO flew veterans to the site of the D-Day invasion in Normandy, France, for the Band of Brothers‘ premiere.