USO Show To Raise Funds
Pratt, Kan. —Oct. 25, 2011
Like a page out of World War II history, a USO show reminiscent of the shows that were presented in Pratt during World War II when the Pratt Army Air Field was in action will come to life again on the Municipal Building stage.
This is the first of three special events to honor veterans in November.
The B-29 Museum Incorporated Committee is presenting the show as an entertainment benefit to promote the B-29 Museum, said committee member Karyl Stevens.
The event is free but an $8 donation is suggested.
Beside the entertainment, a patriotic quilt will be up for a drawing plus refreshments will also be offered.
The USO shows at the base, that operated from 1943 to 1946 and was the first B-29 training facility in the world, featured a wide variety of performers, including Bob Hope, that helped entertain the troops and boost morale.
The show is set for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 in the Municipal Building where the USO shows were held during the war.
Featured in the show are local artists Leonard and Marina Pohl, Pratt Sweet Adelines, The Sun Country Band, Jack Ewing and Donna Shelite plus the K.C. Bettys, a vocal group from Kansas City that presents songs of the period. Their style is similar to the McGuire sisters that were very popular during the war years.
People are encouraged to dance during the program as well as wear period clothing, Stevens said.
While the music is from the WWII era, the entire family is invited to come and enjoy the music and help present part of what was going on in Pratt to the young people and children.
“We want people to enjoy themselves,” Stevens said.
It is also a time to celebrate the people who serve in the armed forces and to inspire the audience to show their support for the country.
“Patriotism needs to be invigorated,” said event MC Jack Ewing.
The United Service Organizations is still active and continues to serve Americans in the military.
Also in November will be a special ceremony on Veteran’s Day. The event is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 at the All Veterans Memorial Site at the Pratt Regional Airport.
On hand for the event will be American Legion Riders Honor Guard, Kansas National Guard, several speakers, special music from Skyline students and patriotic music from Leonard and Marina Pohl.
All the events of the day will have a patriotic theme and honor the men and women of the armed forces.
In the event of inclement weather the event will take place at Skyline School.
Following the event at the B-29 Memorial, a showing of the 1990 movie “Memphis Belle,” starring Matthew Modine, will take place at 5 p.m. at the Barron Theater. Admission is free but donations to the B-29 Museum Incorporated are encouraged.