Honor Flights offers free flights to veterans to help them visit Washington D.C.’s many war memorials. Since these memorials were built to honor these men, it’s fitting that the company does.
In 2015, a large group of veterans were waiting for their honor flight at Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington. Their joyful experience was recorded and posted on YouTube, and the video has garnered over a million views so far.
In the meantime, three women began to sing “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and the calm mood in the terminal turned to joy as the men began to get up to dance. The three women are known as the Three Ladies of Liberty, and their rendition of the Andrew Sisters song took airport patrons back to their youth.
The first man to stand up was offered a cane by his close friend, which he happily declined. As we can see in the video, he then launches into a complete dance like a professional. As one YouTube user said in their comment, “you can never be too old”.
The first man to dance inspired many of his peers to stand by his side and start dancing too. Their moves make us wonder if they were all professional dancers back then.
Two of the men in the dance, Merin Perryman and Paul Kopey, are both in their 90s! The entertainment they created inspired the nearby crowd as well as the millions of viewers they brought online.
Seeing men united by tragedy still expressing so much joie de vivre resonated with a large part of the public. Even other airport patrons got up to join the men. Watch the video of this happy moment below!
Who would have thought that an old song from the 1940s could inspire so many people on the internet today? Thank you for your service, hero! Our country would not be the same without your bravery and your sacrifices. Please share your thoughts with us too!