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Bayard presents World War II program
July 03, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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The World War II home front comes alive again this weekend in Bayard with a recreation of the radio broadcast of “Until It’s Over Over There.”
Performances are Saturday July 6 and Sunday July 7 at Bayard High School. Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for seniors. Children 12 and under are free but will require a ticket for admission. To order tickets in advance, please call the Bayard City Office at (308) 586-1121. There is no guarantee there will be tickets available at the door. Information is also available at www.cityofbayard.net.

The setting for the program is a New York City radio studio during World War II. “Until It’s Over Over There” is billed as a replacement for “I Sustain the Wings,” the radio show that Capt. Glenn Miller hosted from New York from mid-1943 until June 1944 when he and his Army Air Forces Band were deployed for London. It includes music, letters from men and women serving overseas, period commercial messages, and a War Bond promo spot. To add a level of authenticity, the program opens with an Armed Forces Radio station identification message that is heard as the “On Air” sign comes on.
Bayard City Council member Melissa Coolidge, who is also a member of the Yes Ma’am vocal trio, helped arrange the event as part of the city’s 125th anniversary celebration.

“We were performing in Rocky Ford, Colo. for an alumni weekend event,” she said. “At the same time, Gary Ferris was performing his World War II re-enactment at a neighboring air show.”

Because both groups focused on the World War II era, the mayor introduced them to each other. Yes Ma’am performed one of their numbers for his show. Later that evening, Ferris came over to perform a number during the second Yes Ma’am show.

“I thought it would be really neat to bring Gary back for part of our anniversary,” Coolidge said. “It’s something that people don’t see very often.”

She added she was happy to bring that era of history to the local area. “We’ve had such positive response to our music because it brings back a lot of memories.”

“Until It’s Over Over There” shows have been performed around the country. The shows are a personal community service project honoring veterans. The shows are performed at no charge for veterans’ organizations and military units.

“The folks I’ve spoken to are excited about the show,” Coolidge said. “We’ve been able to offer some complimentary tickets for the veterans’ home and the nursing homes. We want that generation of folks to be able to see the show.”

People ordering tickets through the city will be able to pick them up at the door. Show time is 7 p.m. on Saturday and a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday.
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