A swinging good time at Alexandria Airport (w/video)
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.
D-DAY: THE INVASION OF NORMANDY
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.