Welcome to OTRCAT.com: Old Time Radio Catalog
 > 
  Holiday  

Memorial Day Collection

(update) with additional episodes: Enjoy the beginning of summer and honor our fallen with this compilation of historical, dramatic and comedy radio shows.

21 old time radio show recordings
available in the following formats:

1 MP3 CD
or
11 Audio CDs


Choose your CD format
or order disks individually: Add to Cart
Play a sample episode from May 30, 1943:

"Memorial Day Parade"



... or click here to save the Mp3 file to your computer

About this Old Time Radio Show

Text on OTRCAT.com ©2001-2016 OTRCAT INC All Rights Reserved. Reproduction is prohibited.

The last Monday in May has become the traditional start of summer, and all that summer means. The lengthening days, the flowers beginning to bloom, and the close of the school year remind us that the time is coming to renew our gardens, tune the lawn mower, and get the lawn furniture out of the garage.

Memorial DayThe last Monday in May has a deeper, more significant meaning. It is the day that we designate as Memorial Day, perhaps the most sacred holiday of our secular nation. The traditions that became Memorial Day originated in the mountains of the rural American South. Even before the Civil War, families would gather in the late spring for Decoration Day. It was a time to clean the graves of the recently departed as well as those of distant ancestors. The designated day became an extended family reunion. Some would travel hundreds of miles for the occasion where connections with kinfolk would be renewed, and the living would enjoy "dinner on the ground", a potluck dinner on sheets and table cloths spread on the ground.

During the Civil War, it was often necessary for soldiers to be buried far from their native homes. At first Freedmen, former slaves, assumed the duty of tending the graves of these fallen heroes, and in time, whole communities became involved. Celebrations included parades, barbecues, and concerts. Members of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Civil War Veterans, along with others began calling for a national Decoration Day. Supporters selected May 30th because the date was not the anniversary of a Civil War Battle. The name Memorial Day for the national Day of Remembrance became popular after WWII. The Uniform Holidays Bill of 1968 placed the celebration on the last Monday in May.

As sacred as the day is, there is no getting around the fact that it is the unofficial beginning of summer. Even if the ground is still a little muddy, we hope that the smell of freshly mown lawn will mix with the smoke from the barbecue to remind you of parades and celebrations past and present. We also hope that you will enjoy the shows in our Memorial Day Collection while you are driving to your family get-togethers or while you are waiting for the charcoal in the barbecue to be ready.

The Memorial Day Old Time Radio Collection including many Memorial Day themed radio shows honoring those who gone before us. Included in this collection are radio shows from the history genre such as Cavalcade of America, Anthology, and Against the Storm. There is also an episode of The Great Gildersleeve with the family getting ready for the Memorial Day Parade.

This Memorial Day, we hope you join us in remembrance of fallen American service men and women who gave their lives for our freedom.

 

Additional Memorial Day Recommendations:

Text on OTRCAT.com ©2001-2016 OTRCAT INC All Rights Reserved. Reproduction is prohibited.

These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    21 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 9 hours, 57 min
    Add MP3 Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      21 shows - total playtime 9 hours 57 minutes
      1. Against Storm 410530 Memorial Day Memories.mp3
      2. Anthology 540530 Memorial Day 1954.mp3
      3. Anthology 550529 Memorial Day.mp3
      4. Calv 360527 034 Resourcefulness.mp3
      5. Calv 370526 084 Songs Of American Indian.mp3
      6. Calv 380525 136 Child Welfare In United States.mp3
      7. Calv 390522 166 Dolly Madison.mp3
      8. Calv 410526 228 Johns Hopkins.mp3
      9. Calv 430531 333 Mr Lincolns Wife.mp3
      10. Calv 460527 481 Spin A Silver Dollar.mp3
      11. Columbia Workshop 461012 035 Brewsie and Willie.mp3
      12. Eternal Light 500528 294 Man Who Changed His Mind.mp3
      13. Eyes Aloft 421207 17 Special Pearl Harbor Memorial.mp3
      14. Great Gildrslv 430530 084 Memorial Day Parade.mp3
      15. Kraft 340524 Lee Wiley,Mystery Singer.mp3
      16. Lyndon B. Johnson 630530 Memorial Day Address.mp3
      17. Mayor 460525 Memorial Day Parade.mp3
      18. Memorial Day Program 1948 How Sleep The Brave.mp3
      19. Raymond Gram 450530 Gen Eisenhowers Memorial Day.mp3
      20. Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380526 Judy Canova.mp3
      21. Texaco Town 370530 37 Show Aired To England.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    21 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 9 hours, 57 min
    Add MP3 Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      21 shows - total playtime 9 hours 57 minutes
      1. Against Storm 410530 Memorial Day Memories.mp3
      2. Anthology 540530 Memorial Day 1954.mp3
      3. Anthology 550529 Memorial Day.mp3
      4. Calv 360527 034 Resourcefulness.mp3
      5. Calv 370526 084 Songs Of American Indian.mp3
      6. Calv 380525 136 Child Welfare In United States.mp3
      7. Calv 390522 166 Dolly Madison.mp3
      8. Calv 410526 228 Johns Hopkins.mp3
      9. Calv 430531 333 Mr Lincolns Wife.mp3
      10. Calv 460527 481 Spin A Silver Dollar.mp3
      11. Columbia Workshop 461012 035 Brewsie and Willie.mp3
      12. Eternal Light 500528 294 Man Who Changed His Mind.mp3
      13. Eyes Aloft 421207 17 Special Pearl Harbor Memorial.mp3
      14. Great Gildrslv 430530 084 Memorial Day Parade.mp3
      15. Kraft 340524 Lee Wiley,Mystery Singer.mp3
      16. Lyndon B. Johnson 630530 Memorial Day Address.mp3
      17. Mayor 460525 Memorial Day Parade.mp3
      18. Memorial Day Program 1948 How Sleep The Brave.mp3
      19. Raymond Gram 450530 Gen Eisenhowers Memorial Day.mp3
      20. Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380526 Judy Canova.mp3
      21. Texaco Town 370530 37 Show Aired To England.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    21 recordings on 11 Audio CDs
    total playtime 9 hours, 57 min

    Disc A001

    1. Memorial Day Program 1948 How Sleep The Brave

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A002

    1. Kraft 340524 Lee Wiley,Mystery Singer

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A003

    1. Calv 360527 034 Resourcefulness
    2. Calv 370526 084 Songs Of American Indian

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A004

    1. Texaco Town 370530 37 Show Aired To England
    2. Calv 380525 136 Child Welfare In United States

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A005

    1. Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380526 Judy Canova

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A006

    1. Calv 390522 166 Dolly Madison
    2. Calv 410526 228 Johns Hopkins

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A007

    1. Against Storm 410530 Memorial Day Memories
    2. Eyes Aloft 421207 17 Special Pearl Harbor Memorial

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A008

    1. Great Gildrslv 430530 084 Memorial Day Parade
    2. Calv 430531 333 Mr Lincolns Wife

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A009

    1. Raymond Gram 450530 Gen Eisenhowers Memorial Day
    2. Mayor 460525 Memorial Day Parade
    3. Calv 460527 481 Spin A Silver Dollar

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A010

    1. Columbia Workshop 461012 035 Brewsie and Willie
    2. Eternal Light 500528 294 Man Who Changed His Mind

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00
    Disc A011

    1. Anthology 540530 Memorial Day 1954
    2. Anthology 550529 Memorial Day
    3. Lyndon B. Johnson 630530 Memorial Day Address

    Add Audio CD to Cart - $5.00