DRACUT — The sounds and sights World War II USO shows come to life on Friday nights as the marching band performs a swing-theme show during halftime of the football games. From period costumes right down to the old-fashioned Philmore microphone, the show is a throwback to a time when rampant patriotism swept the country.

On Oct. 26, area veterans were honored at halftime of the Dracut-Tewksbury game.

“I had no idea it would be this good,” said Dracut resident Jean Pinnard, a member of the Merrimack Valley Vietnam Veterans. “This was absolutely fantastic.”

“Absolutely excellent. What else can you say?” said Doc Knowlton, commander of the Dracut American Legion Post 315.

“It’s nice that the kids would get together and honor us this way. I was actually getting choked up,” said Ed MacDonald of Billerica, a Korean War veteran and member of the Disabled American Veterans of the Merrimack Valley, Chapter 25.