3 Ladies Sing 'Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,' Vet Can't Stop Himself From Dancing And Quickly Goes Viral
Kristin Danley 10/10/2017
A group of war veterans and their chaperones were hanging out at the Ronald Reagan Washington National International Airport waiting for their Honor Flight home when one senior did the unthinkable. Not all of the Honor Flight participants are necessarily in the best of health, but as devoted veterans, they wanted to take one last trip to Washington, D.C., to view the veterans memorial and other war memorials built in their honor.
Even though they have chaperones and relatives flying with them, there's always the chance that something could happen. And it did....
The veterans were seated in chairs and wheelchairs, chitchatting. Some clutched canes, others were attached to oxygen tanks.
But all of a sudden, every veteran sat upright at attention. They all caught the familiar tune "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" from their generation.
It's quite the toe-tapping song, which was being performed especially for the veterans from the Lexington Honor Flight by the Ladies of Liberty. This hit song by The Andrews Sisters brought back a rush of memories for the veterans sitting there in the airport.
But it's what one man did next that shocked everyone there. He gingerly pushed himself out of his chair and then much to everyone's surprise, he began cutting a rug!
Someone off-camera tried handing him his cane, but he wanted nothing to do with that. He began dancing like he was an energetic teenager again.
In fact, the music probably sent him spiraling back in time to when he was a spry young man out on the town. Another senior veteran snatched up a chaperone and began dancing with her, swinging her around to the music.
The first veteran taps him on the shoulder then moves on in. He steals his dancing partner and they took it up a notch, kicking and spinning around.
The two men, identified later as Marin Perryman and Paul Kopey, are both World War II veterans. Their slick moves to this iconic wartime song are surprising and heartwarming.
Honor Flights are special tours for veterans who are blessed to fly for free to D.C. to see the memorials built in their honor. Priority is given to senior veterans -- those who fought in World War II and those who are terminally ill.
Not just the passersby in the airport were thrilled with these Honor Flight veterans' impromptu show, but so are the millions of viewers who have seen their stint online, which has gone viral. What an amazing jig these guys performed and how wonderful that it was caught on camera and shared with people around the world.