Jun 27, 2013 - Robert C. Oberheu, RivertonEditor:
I take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to all who were involved in bringing the Glenn Miller Orchestra to Riverton.
What a great, great night of entertainment, music and memories that was. I heard so many people saying "what great memories were brought back with the playing of those great war songs."
It wasn't easy living in the early 1940s, with a world war, with loved ones being shipped overseas, and setback after setback that we suffered in the early part of America's involvement in the war.
I believe it was the music of the big bands that helped bring America together as one, united us, and strengthened our resolve to defeat the Axis powers.
The Tokyo Roses of that day who tried to break the morale of the GIs by playing the great tunes of the war over loudspeakers, I believe only served to strengthen the resolve of the GIs to fight harder to defeat the enemy and get home sooner to the arms of loved ones who were singing songs such as "I'll Be Seeing You," "In the Mood," "When my Lover Has Gone," and "There Will Be Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover."
Yes the big band music brought to us by Glenn Miller, the Dorsey Brothers, Harry James and Benny Goodman, to name but a few, had a great part in keeping America strong and united. It helped get us through those very hard times. Boy, do we ever need that music again today.
Thanks to all who helped bring this event to Riverton. Let's do it again.
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