Seventy years ago, U.S. soldiers were fighting for freedom abroad, while Hollywood was stirring up the patriotic feelings back home.

Among the popular World War II-era movies was "The Fleet's In," a musical comedy starring Dorothy Lamour, William Holden, Eddie Bracken and Betty Hutton. Also appearing in the movie was the Jimmy Dorsey band with vocalists Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell.

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On Thursday at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Auditorium in Massapequa, you can attend a free showing of the 1942 movie, hosted by Long Island filmmaker and film historian John Carpenter. To get you fully in the flag-waving spirit, the Lady of Lourdes choir will sing a few patriotic songs, including Irving Berlin's "God Bless America." The program starts at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 516-541-3270.