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Thread #3154   Message #15225
Posted By: Dale Rose
25-Oct-97 - 09:03 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: WWII and Patriotic Songs
Subject: RE: Song Lyrics
I knew that Kelly was a flier in WWII, but your question, Joe, made me think about it a little more. This quote is from the website of the Colin Kelly Middle School in Eugene, Oregon.

"The Colin Kelly Junior High School student body was organized in the fall of 1945, with 375 students. The students chose the school's name from a list of heroes, statesman and presidents. They wanted to commemorate a "modern-day hero." Captain Colin Purdom Kelly II, a B-17 bomber pilot, was among the first servicemen to lose his life at the beginning of World War II."

Earlier this year, the Ozark Folk Center celebrated the memory of Elton Britt (from Marshall, Arkansas) in song. Among other things, we were treated to a stirring rendition of There's A Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere performed by his son. A magical moment indeed.