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Spotlight: 1995 Bluecoats

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Bluecoats celebrated the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II with “Homefront: 1945,” a euphoric-yet-bittersweet look at the lives of those left behind while soldiers and sailors went overseas to fight for liberty.

The brass and percussion were attired in military dress uniforms and the color guard members wore clothing and hairstyles of the 1940s. Tunes from the era highlighted the personal battles at home and the military battles overseas. Lovers danced with each other before departing for military training. A variety of songs of the armed forces were heard amidst Morse Code and the escalation of battle.

The corps celebrated the end of the war with enthusiastic dancing and a live replication of that famous Life Magazine photo of a sailor kissing the first young woman he saw in Times Square. But the reality of war hit home as one woman was presented with a folded American flag while grieving over the loss of her loved one, reminding us that freedom isn’t free.

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