On Saturday, June 14th, Red Cross volunteers will give back to local veterans by holding a World War II “USO show” featuring live music from the 30's, 40's and 50's. The show will begin at 2:00pm in Smith Hall at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
"We look forward to this event every time because it gives us the opportunity to say thank you for our veterans service to our country,” said Amanda Stotts, Interim Executive Director. “Thanks to the sacrifice of our veterans, we are able to enjoy the freedoms we have today."
The USO was founded in 1941 in response to a request from President Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide morale and recreation services to uniformed military personnel. This request led six civilian agencies -- the Salvation Army, YMCA, YWCA, NCCS, NTAA and the NJWB -- to unite in support of the troops. The USO was incorporated in New York February 4, 1941.
USO centers and clubs opened around the world as a “Home Away from Home” for GIs. The local USO was a place to go for dances and social events, for movies and music, for a quiet place to talk or write a letter home, or for a free cup of coffee and an egg. The USO also brought Hollywood celebrities and volunteer entertainers to perform for the troops.
The Red Cross and the United States Military have shared a friendship for over 130 years, and the local Red Cross chapter is proud to continue this tradition right here in Quincy. The Quincy chapter provides USO shows to Veterans twice per year, on Veterans Day weekend and on Flag Day.
Media outlets are invited to attend the “USO show”. Please contact Amanda.Stotts@redcross.org to coordinate attendance.