'USO Show' needs Vietnam-era vet photos

Published on Thursday, 22 May 2014 23:16 - Written by From Staff Reports

With a helping hand from the public, Robert E. Lee High School students will present “USO Show: Vietnam — A Musical Tribute to Vets” from Thursday, May 29 through Sunday, June 1.

Veterans and their families have been submitting photos of their service members who were in the service — any branch — between 1965 and 1975. Those photos will be used in tributes during the show, including a tribute to those still living and a memorial to those who have passed away.

“We want to pay them honor,” Amy Clemens, director of the show said. “We like to bring attention to some people that honestly, this generation doesn’t know much about. The show itself becomes a real educational tool for our students, as they learn about the sacrifices that these people have made for our country.”

This is the third USO-type show that Lee students have staged. In years past, they’ve paid tribute to World War II and to the Korean Conflict.

Ms. Clemens hopes that photos from area veterans will help to personalize the war for the students and for the public.

The production will be staged on Thursday, May 29; Saturday, May 31; and Sunday, June 1.

The show will feature music and dance from the era.

“Students really learn a lot about the time, through the musical choices we make and the narration,” Ms. Clemens notes.

A portion of all ticket sales will go to benefit Operation Gratitude, a nonprofit organization that sends letters and packages to current soldiers to help lift their spirits.

For more information, contact Ms. Clemens at amy.clemens@tylerisd.org.