Old Time Memorial Day



Happy Memorial Day from OTRCAT.com!

Memorial Day is a US Federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May to commemorate fallen soldiers.  At the end of the Civil War, the practice of a day set aside as a memorial to those who have soldiers who have fallen.  Originally called Decoration Day, the first Memorial Day was observed May 1, 1865.

Today Memorial Day also marks the beginning of summer and is observed on the last Monday in May.  We hope that you enjoy a bar-b-que, picnic and other time with family and friends.Memorial Day

On this day to honor the fallen and veterans of the United States, please enjoy listening to some classic radio shows:

Corwin Collection (Drama / WWII)

“On a Note of Triumph” from May 13th, 1945
One of the most listened-to radio dramas in U.S. History, this broadcast is a Norman Corwin masterpiece celebrating Victory in Europe.

Great Gildersleeve (Comedy)

“Memorial Day Parade ” from May 30, 1943
In this 1943 broadcast, Gildy squeezes into his old WWI uniform to march in the Memorial Day Parade. After the parade is over, Gildersleeve decides to draw up his will.

Anthology(Drama / Music)

“Memorial Day 1954” from May 30, 1954
This old time radio show featured a special Memorial Day addition of Anthology with poetry, music, and reenactments to celebrate Memorial Day. Bing Crosby, Frank Lovejoy, Agnes Moorehead, and Walter Huston read patriotic poems. Agnes Moorehead reads “The “Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers” Felicia Dorothea Hemans (1793-1835) which includes the stanza:

“The ocean eagle soared
From his nest by the white wave’s foam;
And the rocking pines of the forest roared–
This was their welcome home.”

We hope you enjoy these recordings and the thousands of other programs OTRCAT.com offers!

Happy Memorial Day!


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