Most of our WWII Veterans never had a welcome home victory celebration of any kind. This is for them. 65 years late.
Come join NBC4′s Colleen Marshall and Cabot Rea, Masters of Ceremonies, as we recreate a 1940s victory canteen celebration in honor of our beloved WWII Vets. This is their night to be celebrated. It’s your night to shake hands with heroes.
We’re losing 1,000 WWII Veterans per day! Urgency is key…our goal is to salute these remaining Vets and generate funds to fly them on a once in a lifetime, chaperoned and all expenses paid day trip to Washington DC to visit their recently constructed memorial.
Plus…some vets will finally be awarded their WWII Victory Medals. Earned over 60 years ago…finally awarded on June 1, 2012.
Many vets remember the Stage Door Canteen in NYC and the Hollywood Canteen in California, where they went for a last dance and a meal before they shipped out. Nearly every movie star in Hollywood including Bob Hope, The Andrew Sisters, Rita Hayworth, Cary Grant, and co-founder Betty Davis volunteered at the Canteen to serve meals, conversation, and dances with the soldiers. All the big bands played there. It was a huge labor of love in support of our troops. By the time the Canteen closed at the end of the war, 3 million servicemen had passed through the Canteen doors. We’re going to recreate it as best we can.
We’ll have a 17 piece orchestra, the Tom Daugherty Orchestra performing a tribute to and recreating the Glenn Miller Army Air Force Band, featuring the Swingin’ Sweethearts recreating the Andrew Sisters. The band will be in full Army Air Force uniforms. They put on a spectacular show!
Feel free to dress 40s style if you’re In the Mood, and ladies feel free to sport the victory roll hairstyle.