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Forget the cane and dance!

By Cathryn Wellner / July 22, 2015

The World War II veteran is waiting for a plane at the Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. Then a trio of three women singers start harmonizing a song the Andrews Sisters made famous, “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”. Music and memories set his heart thumping, his legs moving, and he is up and dancing.

Any stiffness his bones may be feeling disappears as he swings to the beat. Someone tries to give him his cane, but he ignores it. Another vet joins the singers and is soon invited to dance by a young woman with the veterans. The first vet taps him on the shoulder and takes over. You can feel the smiles spread.

The whole thing is only a couple minutes long, but it is 2:15 full of life, memories, and joy.


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Judith - July 22, 2015

Inspiring! Music and dance truly makes our hearts sing and our bodies swing!

Isn’t it amazing when the music takes over, the man had no need of his cane, even for his “fancy moves!” The muscle memory and soaring spirit were in perfect balance…

Thanks for sharing this—will keep me smiling all day,


    Cathryn Wellner - July 30, 2015

    I remember clearly someone else who moved freely to music and who spent a lot of time visiting us between periods in Guatemala. I suspect you will be dancing all your life, Judith.

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