As a follow-up to my original post regarding the Blue Jeans & Bomber Jacket BBQ that I attended Saturday night, I thought I'd post another image that captured one of the most amazing moments of the evening. As part of the entertainment, there was a vocal performance by the group, Vintage Vocals, who were dressed in Andrews Sisters style costumes from the swing era. They took the stage about halfway into the evening and belted out tunes that the Sisters sang during World War II to the Allied troops in America, Italy and Africa. Towards the end of their performance, a lone World War II veteran made his way up to the stage and stood there in complete silence, totally transfixed on the singers. It was as if he looked up and found himself back in 1944 in the midst of the war, watching the Sisters as they performed on an Army base somewhere in the Pacific.
We'll never really know what was going through his mind. And it really doesn't matter.
What does matter is that he was there, in the moment, and it was beautiful.
Moments like the one above are exactly the reason I try to spend as much time as I can with these veterans. They are so special, and being a part of their lives, hearing their stories, seeing their reactions...if only for a moment...is breathtaking.
There's no other way to put it.