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Arts & Lectures Presents - War Bonds: The Sounds and Letters of WWII
DateFriday February 20, 2015 7:00 PM
Contact Paula Hadley
231-591-2691
Description

Location: Williams Auditorium

The living history cabaret is interspersed with personal letters from the war front and headline news from the era. Actual veterans’ stories create a sentimental journey back to the days when blackouts and rationing were a small sacrifi ce in order to obtain freedom. It recalls a time when Rosie the Riveter discovered she could take care of herself; when African-Americans, who were segregated at home, integrated abroad to become war heroes; and when a man’s only wish was to be home for Christmas. Twenty-two songs from the 1940s lift the mood, even as the atrocities of war are described. You don’t have to have lived through World War II to appreciate the songs, which include Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, Rosie the Riveter, One Meatball, White Christmas, I’ll Be Home for Christmas and As Time Goes By.