After all the veterans finished registering and receiving their "goody" bags, it was time for the banquet and program for the veterans and their wives.
It was held in the Howard Johnson banquet room. A delicious meal was enjoyed by all and then it was time for the program, which was USO style.
I am sure all of you "oldie goldie" folks remember the USO shows back during the war. The most famous entertainer was Bob Hope. He went all over the world entertaining the troops during World War II.
They had a band playing those lovely songs of the '40s. They also had a group that sang songs that were popular back then.
They had a group of three gals called the "Trilliums." They were outstanding and sang Bob Hope's most famous song "Thanks for the Memories." They also sang Doris Day's song "Sentimental Journey," the Andrews' Sisters song "Boogie Woogy Bugle Boy of Company B" and also Glen Miller's "In The Mood." I could have listened to them all night.
Before we knew it, it was time for the Armed Forces Medley to sing the song of each branch of the service and then the retirement of the colors.
It was definitely a night to remember.
Morning came very early. All of the veterans were up and ready for one of the most memorable days of their lives.
The buses were ready and waiting at Howard Johnson at 4:30 a.m. and ready to bus the veterans to the airport in Mosinee, Wis. The wives were also bussed to the airport to see their husbands off to D.C.
We even had to go through the line to be checked and, sure 'nuff, I set off the bells with both of my knee replacements.
As we watched the plane lift off carrying the veterans, their guardians, the doctors, the medics and nurses and all of the many other various volunteers on this most momentous trip to Washington, it was a day that we will always remember.
While the guys were having the time of their lives in D.C., the wives also had a day planned for them. We were treated to lunch at the Greenwood Country Club. We were also bussed out there. A lovely lunch had been prepared and also a nice program. After returning to our rooms at Howard Johnson, most of us took an afternoon siesta, which was very refreshing. We then went to Emma Krumbee's Restaurant and had supper.
Next week ... meeting the plane bringing home our husbands.