The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Union County

May 9, 2014

Share memories of WWII from those at home and on the front.

— LEWISBURG — In preparation for the third annual “Step Back in Time” World War II style Hangar Dance at Penn Valley Airport, in Selinsgrove, organizers are seeking stories and memorabilia to use as part of the display. Understanding how important photographs and other items are to the families who still own them, the American Red Cross assures the public they will take the greatest of care over anything borrowed for display and that items will be returned in good shape. “Last year a guest came with her dad’s story of his experience in the war; photos and tickets, coupons and ration books. It was fascinating and we thought we’d love to showcase those same kinds of things from others in the community,” said Anne Smith, event organizer. “Of particular importance are the oral histories, the memories from families here at home, as well as those who left to fight,” she added. Anyone who would like to share their story with the Red Cross is asked to call the office at (570) 524-0400 ext. 1602 for an interview.

Stories will be printed and displayed at the dance and given to families as a keepsake afterwards. Uniforms, clothing, weapons (inoperative) and photographs, posters and diaries are some examples of the types of items being requested. They will be catalogued and identified as to the owner, used for display and then returned. “We know how valuable these items are, we will treat them with utmost care and guarantee their safe return,” said Michelle Bower who, along with her husband John, both of Milton, heads up the decorating committee for the dance. They are members of a World War II re-enactors group who attend in uniform and other period clothing, to lend an air of authenticity to the dance. They even have access to some vehicles and a couple of guys who attend as MP’s “to keep the parking situation and the noise level under control,” she adds with a smile.

The dance is to be held on Sept. 27th at 6:30 p.m. Catering will be done by Townside Garden Café, of Northumberland. Tickets, $35 per person are on sale and can be purchased by calling the chapter or stopping by the office at its Brookpark Farm location in Lewisburg. Guests must be 21 years of age to attend. This year’s theme is Flying Aces and the honorary chairman is Al Hess, of Lewisburg, a veteran of World War II. Anyone interested in serving on the planning committee is invited to call the office for that purpose.

 

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