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Connecticut seniors host prom 70 years late

May 21, 2013

For most teenagers, attending their high school's prom is a seminal part of growing up, but some seniors living in Connecticut never got the chance. Prom was canceled for the New Haven Hillhouse class of 1943 due to World War II, and now 70 years later, they're getting the chance to have the celebration they never did, ABC affiliate WTNH reports.

The initiative was spearheaded by Anthony Pegnataro, a World War II vet and Hillhouse graduate. During a recent meeting of the class's reunion committee, he floated the idea of having the prom that got passed over. There was plenty of interest, and Pegnataro said he wanted nothing more than to help re-live some of his best memories.

"We're just looking for a good time, remember old times, and think back to when we were kids," he told the news channel.

Although a dance may not seem like a typical senior living activity, it is becoming more common. In fact, dancing itself has proven to offer older adults considerable health benefits, including strengthening their bones and muscles, reducing stress and tension, and helping them build confidence, notes AARP.