Patriotic Salute: World War II Veterans Honored During Rousing Rendition of USO Camp Show

The production “70 Years for the Red, White and Blue for World War II” held on Saturday night in the Bromeley Family Theatre at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford paid a heartfelt tribute of gratitude to those veterans of World War II who must not be forgotten.

An impressive number of World War II veterans had front row seats for the two-hour program that was based on the USO camp shows made famous by Bob Hope and his entourage of celebrities, who, prompted by patriotism, volunteered to entertain the nation’s service personnel at home and abroad free of charge during the war.

Co-sponsored by the McKean County Historical Society and the Eldred World War II Museum, the show had its beginnings in conversations Roger Alexis, past president of the Society, and Lu Vandermark had while they sat at the Old Jail Museum in Smethport a year ago.

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