By Carol Rothwell

During World War II, a group of various service organizations formed the United Service Organizations, or USO, for the purpose of providing support for American troops. Their services ranged from free cigarettes and donuts to daycare to dances. Most famous, and most dangerous, were the thousands of live variety shows performed in war zones. In fact, 37 entertainers were killed during WWII –most famously Glenn Miller, a popular orchestra leader. The late comedian Bob Hope performed for troops from 1941 to 1991 and received many honors for his service to the military. Today, the USO continues providing services to military personnel worldwide.

Under the direction of Kirt Mosier, the Lee’s Summit Symphony will present “USO: A Symphonic Salute” on Saturday, May 18 at 7 pm in the John Knox Village Pavilion. A limited number of tickets are still available at or Hy-Vee and Cosentino Price Chopper stores in Lee’s Summit.

Doors to the Pavilion open at 6:00 p.m. and guests can view a Veterans Tiny House and exhibits from the VFW Post 5769, Quilts of Valor, and the Lee’s Summit Historical Society. The event is presented by Community America Credit Union.

Wear your red, white and blue and come “Experience the Sound” of the Lee’s Summit Symphony as the perform such favorites as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “In the Mood,” “Moonlight Serenade” and “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” on May 18th.