A family-owned daily newspaper serving Riverton, Lander and Fremont County, Wyoming since 1949

Concert brought back memories of how important music was for the nation's morale

Jun 27, 2013 - Robert C. Oberheu, Riverton


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.

Get your copy of The Ranger online, every day! If you are a current print subscriber and want to also access dailyranger.com online (there is nothing more to purchase) including being able to download The Mining and Energy Edition, click here. Looking to start a new online subscription to dailyranger.com (even if it is for just one day)? Access our secure SSL encrypted server and start your subscription now by clicking here.

Related Stories

Related Tags

County Weather

Photo Gallery

Twitter Feed (Follow Us!)

Contact Us  © 2015 Riverton Ranger, Inc.