Memorial Day is a time when we should take a moment and thank those men and women who have served our country, remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and pray for those who are currently serving in the armed forces. This is exactly what the Cincinnati Warbirds did Saturday night at Moonlight Pavilion at Coney Island. It was the Cincinnati Warbirds Annual WWII Big Band and USO Show.
The evening featured music from the WWII era, but best, and most importantly of all, a touching tribute to the men and women in uniform. Several veterans were honored by name and many more in spirit during an award ceremony during which they were given plaques.
For me, the best part of the night wasn’t the plaques or awards or even the music (which was really hard to beat), it was seeing all of these people, who had lived through things I could never imagine, out on a dance floor and having fun and doing for all the right reasons. Many of the people in attendance had grown up during the swing dancing hey-day and really know what it’s all about.