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A swinging good time at Alexandria Airport (w/video)

Music at the Hangar Dance featured jazz and swing tunes, including numbers from The Glenn Miller Orchestra and Duke Ellington. (Al Edenloff/Echo Press) 2 / 4
Some of those attending the Hangar Dance dressed in authentic Worlrd War II uniforms, including Kevin Koep (left) and Dylan Hauer. (Al Edenloff/Echo Press) 3 / 4
Those attending the Hangar Dance enjoyed a dinner against a backdrop of World War II airplanes. (Al Edenloff/Echo Press)4 / 4

A Hangar Dance at the Alexandria Airport Friday provided a salute to the 70th anniversary of D-Day, along with a night of dancing to the Big Band music of the 1940s.

Organized by the Red Willow Arts Coalition, the event featured Jazz.Combo, a band made up of young adults playing swing music from the 1940s and 1950s. Directed by former Alexandrian John Herdan, the group has previously been featured in the courthouse lawn series.

After enjoying a meal provided by The Corral and singing The National Anthem, many of those attending took to the dance floor.


Approximately 160,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, to fight Nazi Germany on June 6, 1944.

Of the operation, General Dwight D. Eisenhower said that “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft were involved in the D-Day invasion. The Allies had gained footing in Normandy by the day’s end.

More than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded, but more than 100,000 soldiers began the effort to defeat Hitler.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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