Let me sum up the show at the AUSA opening ceremony for you: Army on Broadway.
The pageant of soldiers-past that usually opens the AUSA convention is trying hard to be earnest, but for soldiers and NCOs in the audience it might be hard to not secretly laugh at the thought of Korean and Vietnam-era soldiers breaking into Glee-style song.
The stage show points its Broadway lights at soldiers dressed up in uniforms of wars past. Particularly, err, persuasive was the Soldier’s Creed echoing from the stage, as a soldier tried to convince you she would “engage and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat” — right after listening to a soldier sing “lean on me, when you are not strong, and I’ll be your friend…”
A lot more compelling were the photos that flashed in the screen behind the stage show. The images depict soldiers fighting previous wars, including Vietnam soldiers carrying a buddy in a stretcher through waist deep mud.
Those images do more justice to the soldiers of past wars, and come closer to connecting to the soldiers of today who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, than a Broadway-style song.