The Big Band Dance had been a chance for local military veterans to gather each year and tell war stories, catch up with old friends and dance to some great toe-tapping music from their World War II era of big bands.
The special event put on by Navy veteran John Culp and Juanita Mills-Persely of Port Clinton had languished a couple of years ago, its long run doomed by the pandemic and a thinning crowd of elderly veterans.
Mills-Persely and Culp, though, weren’t about to let the Big Band Dance disappear. Many veterans enjoyed the music, and the chance to bring together military veterans. They booked the regular band, the “Night Session Big Band,” and the Port Clinton High School Cafeteria for the event, and were rewarded with a surprising crowd of veterans, spouses and friends.
“And we’re ready to do it again,” said U.S. Army veteran Ken Bacon. “We’re already making plans for next year.”