For many World War II is just something read about in history books, but for those who lived it, it was reality. When the United States entered the war, life as Americans knew it came to a halt over night.
This included high school students, who had to postponing going to college if at all, but even before they graduated it meant giving up some of the rites of passage, such as the Junior Senior Prom, Homecoming and other celebrations.
“When I was in elementary school, I watched my brothers and sisters plan, dream and then get all dressed up for their prom. But when it was time for me to go to the prom, we did not have one because of the war. So I have always felt like I missed out on having that special time,” said one senior who attends the Fort Bend Seniors’ Senior Center, Rosenberg.
But Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels, in partnership with Lamar Consolidated High School will be hosting the fourth annual Senior Prom for senior citizens who did not have a prom during their high school years, Friday, May 13, 10:30 a.m. – noon.
The students will also donate gowns for those in need as well as flowers for each member of the senior citizens’ Prom Court complete with crown and tiara and a red carpet leading into the senior center. Music will be blaring and the Lamar students will make sure every senior citizen will be on the dance floor dancing, even those in wheelchairs. A limo will be waiting outside to escort the newly crowned King and Queen home.
This event is volunteer supported, to give these senior citizens of the World War II generation the prom they never had.