It was "A Night to Remember" for veterans and their families at the first World War II-themed event put on by the World War II History Center in El Dorado.

The event, held in Wichita at Corporate Caterers, included entertainment and dinner from a 1940s menu.

There was music, almost all from the 1940s, from the accapella quartet, Chic, part of the Wichita Chorus of the Sweet Adelines. There also was a swing dance exhibition by the Wichita Swing Dance Society.

"We encouraged everyone to dress in era clothing, which a lot of them did," said Randy Hammons, with the WWII History Center. "It was a veterans tribute, patriotic, WWII-themed evening."

The event was open to all veterans, and they had three WWII veterans in attendance, among others up through the Korean War, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom.

This was an event they have been wanting to put on for some time.

They wanted to do it last year but was not able to get it all arranged in time.

"We are a non-profit and struggle for donations and funding," Hammons said. "We were looking for a signature event we could do on an annual basis to help fund the History Center and raise people's awareness we were here and what we do. We wanted to do something that would be fun and entertaining and people would look forward to coming to. This was the culmination of all of that thought process."

Hammons said they were pleased with the event.

"Everyone who was there that I have heard from had a wonderful time and that was our goal," he said.

They are already planning next year's event.

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