USO-themed event celebrates the ‘Greatest Generation’
The Legacy at Cranberry Landing senior living community held a special tribute to veterans Sunday afternoon, July 1, at the facility off Norton Street ion Irondequoit.
Activities director Marsha Lempert themed the event around the USO clubs of yesteryear.
Music in the style of USO clubs in the 1940s was provided by the band Montage.
There were also refreshments and an actual military Jeep and other military memorabilia and pictures on display. Residents were encouraged to dress in any military uniforms they might still have.
“We invited friends and family of our residents that have served in the military forces, as well as Honor Flight veterans and veterans in the community to attend,” Lempert said. “We wanted to show our appreciation for their commitment to serve and fight for our country.”
Lempert dressed in an outfit that was worn in the 1940s at an actual USO club.
Timothy Thornton, of Iron Mike’s military exchange in Canandaigua, was host for the actual event, and arrived in his 1952 “Willys” Jeep.
He also brought along a display of World War II and Korean War-era uniforms, vintage aircraft drawings and period antiques.
“Hopefully, we all put on a great show for the Greatest Generation of our time,” Thornton said.