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Red Willow Hangar Dance pays tribute to D-Day

Jazz.Combo, a young adult jazz group, was previously featured in the courthouse lawn series. Playing 1940s and ’50s swing music, the group will perform at the Hangar Dance on Friday, June 6 from 7 to 11 p.m. (Contributed)

Red Willow Arts Coalition has resurrected the Hangar Dance to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day. It will take place Friday, June 6 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Alexandria Airport in the original hangar.

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The event will feature Jazz.Combo, a jazz group made up of young adults playing swing music from the 1940s and ’50s. Directed by former Alexandrian John Herdan, the group has previously been featured in the courthouse lawn series.

Admission is $12 per person and includes a summer meal provided by The Corral. There will be a cash bar and dancing from 8 to 11 p.m.


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.