Hello again! I am here to share part two of the Remembering WWII photo-overload with you all 😉 This time the photos capture some of the veterans & performers at the event, which really made the whole thing so special. The veteran’s stories were SO incredibly powerful, and left many of us breathless and in complete wonder of how those heroes pulled through. God’s providence in their adventures in the war was so evident through the whole thing. Also, it was fabulous to see many other talented performers get up on the stage and sing the popular tunes from WWII. You can’t imagine how refreshing it was for us girls to see other young folks just as eager to remember and share the songs of the past to the present generations! This was truly an event of living history, folks!
Probably one of the most memorable parts of our day was the privilege of singing with The Merchants of Cool Big Band. Oh. My. It was SUCH a blast hearing those live instruments behind us as we sang one of the Andrews Sister’s most well-known tunes: Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy! It was a bit of a challenge preparing for this performance, on both the side of our group and the band. The Merchants of Cool are based down in Tennessee, and we live in Ohio, so the needed rehearsals didn’t really happen… 🙂 It was mainly email communication, sending recordings back and forth in attempts to make this thing work, and it did! We even have a video to show for it 😀
Just a note before I go: one of you commented about the event, specifically the battle reenactment that I posted yesterday, that we were “playing at war”. I would like to clarify that this event was not “fun” or “light-hearted”. The soul purpose of this time was to share the past to remember and learn for future generations. Reenacting a battle, hearing stories from the men that experienced the real thing, and sharing tidbits of history through music and song was all a part of us not taking the events of the past for granted. This is probably one of the most dangerous things of our sin-nature: we so quickly forget the gravity and importance of landmarks in our history and heritage, and forget to recall God’s providence in our lives. As Christians, we must strive take every thought captive and remember our heritage and history; and this reenactment was a part of that.