The story is told that during WWII, Jimmy Durante was asked to stop at a USO Program and give a brief monologue. Durante was pressed for time, but agreed to contribute one short routine to the program. However, once Durante was on stage he stayed and stayed to give a tremendous performance that was the unforgettable highlight of the evening. When after the performance the person in charge asked him why he decided to stay. Durante pointed to the front row and said, “Look out there. Do you see those two soldiers? That is the greatest thing I have ever seen. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.”
What had impressed Durante so was that each of the soldiers had lost an arm in battle and that in order to applaud they clapped their hands together.
Southside Church Bulletin, March 8, 1992