Fans ready for The Force Awakens

This undated photo provided by Disney shows the poster for the new film, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." "Star Wars" fans eagerly await the latest trailer for "The Force Awakens," airing during halftime of "Monday Night Football," on Oct. 19, 2015. The game starts at 5:15 p.m. PDT/8:15 p.m. EDT. (Disney via AP)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Hundreds of Star Wars fans are heading to theaters for the long awaited premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

“Definitely more excited about the sequels to the films we loved as kids,” said Adam English, a long-time fan who watched all the original movies multiple times leading up to seeing the latest installment.

English, his friend Joanne Pera and many others came in costume; dressed as their favorite characters.

“There’s a resurgence in the empire so we’re here to take control of the situation,” said Mike Stroka, dressed as a Stormtrooper.

Among the crowd is Trueman Muhrer-Irwin.

“I bought an extra ticket and this plaque,” said Muhrer-Irwin who, aside from being a super fan, is also an Iraqi War Veteran.  So is his friend, Spc. Robert Allen Wise, who died in action in Iraq in 2003 when an IED went off.

“Star wars is something that brings all kinds of different people together,” said Muhrer-Irwin. It brought those two together and that’s why he is bringing a plaque and service uniform to the theater to sit beside him for the premiere.

“The time leading up to this I’ve thought about him a lot,” said the U.S. Army Veteran.  “I’ve never stopped missing him in this time and I know how much he would have loved this.”

He says seeing the premiere without his buddy is bittersweet but having other fans around and just as excited to see the latest installment in the franchise is helping him get through it.

“It’s comforting to share it with other people.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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