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Memorial Day Collection

Enjoy the beginning of summer and honor our fallen with this compilation of historical, dramatic and comedy radio shows.

Memorial Day

27 old time radio show recordings
(total playtime 12 hours, 38 min)
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"Memorial Day Parade"



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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.

 

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    27 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00. Total playtime 12 hours, 38 min
    27 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 12 hours, 38 min
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    1. 27 shows - total playtime 12 hours 38 minutes
    2. Against Storm 410530 Memorial Day Memories.mp3
    3. Anthology 540530 Memorial Day 1954.mp3
    4. Anthology 550529 Memorial Day.mp3
    5. Anthology 552905 64 Memorial Day 1955.mp3
    6. Box Office 420529 Ep001 Memorial Day 1942.mp3
    7. Calv 360527 034 Resourcefulness.mp3
    8. Calv 370526 084 Songs Of American Indian.mp3
    9. Calv 380525 136 Child Welfare In United States.mp3
    10. Calv 390522 166 Dolly Madison.mp3
    11. Calv 410526 228 Johns Hopkins.mp3
    12. Calv 430531 333 Mr Lincolns Wife.mp3
    13. Calv 460527 481 Spin A Silver Dollar.mp3
    14. Columbia Workshop 46-12-07 (043) The Parade.mp3
    15. Columbia Workshop 461012 035 Brewsie and Willie.mp3
    16. D-Day 1944-06-06 First NBC Broadcast.mp3
    17. Eternal Light 500528 294 Man Who Changed His Mind.mp3
    18. Eyes Aloft 421207 17 Special Pearl Harbor Memorial.mp3
    19. Great Gildrslv 430530 084 Memorial Day Parade.mp3
    20. Great Gildrslv 433005 Episode 84 Memorial Day parade.mp3
    21. Kraft 340524 Lee Wiley,Mystery Singer.mp3
    22. Lyndon B. Johnson 630530 Memorial Day Address.mp3
    23. March of Death 440129 Cpt Samuel C Grashio Interview.mp3
    24. Mayor 460525 Memorial Day Parade.mp3
    25. Memorial Day Program 1948 How Sleep The Brave.mp3
    26. Raymond Gram 450530 Gen Eisenhowers Memorial Day.mp3
    27. Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380526 Judy Canova.mp3
    28. Texaco Town 370530 37 Show Aired To England.mp3
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    27 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00. Total playtime 12 hours, 38 min
    27 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 12 hours, 38 min
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    1. 27 shows - total playtime 12 hours 38 minutes
    2. Against Storm 410530 Memorial Day Memories.mp3
    3. Anthology 540530 Memorial Day 1954.mp3
    4. Anthology 550529 Memorial Day.mp3
    5. Anthology 552905 64 Memorial Day 1955.mp3
    6. Box Office 420529 Ep001 Memorial Day 1942.mp3
    7. Calv 360527 034 Resourcefulness.mp3
    8. Calv 370526 084 Songs Of American Indian.mp3
    9. Calv 380525 136 Child Welfare In United States.mp3
    10. Calv 390522 166 Dolly Madison.mp3
    11. Calv 410526 228 Johns Hopkins.mp3
    12. Calv 430531 333 Mr Lincolns Wife.mp3
    13. Calv 460527 481 Spin A Silver Dollar.mp3
    14. Columbia Workshop 46-12-07 (043) The Parade.mp3
    15. Columbia Workshop 461012 035 Brewsie and Willie.mp3
    16. D-Day 1944-06-06 First NBC Broadcast.mp3
    17. Eternal Light 500528 294 Man Who Changed His Mind.mp3
    18. Eyes Aloft 421207 17 Special Pearl Harbor Memorial.mp3
    19. Great Gildrslv 430530 084 Memorial Day Parade.mp3
    20. Great Gildrslv 433005 Episode 84 Memorial Day parade.mp3
    21. Kraft 340524 Lee Wiley,Mystery Singer.mp3
    22. Lyndon B. Johnson 630530 Memorial Day Address.mp3
    23. March of Death 440129 Cpt Samuel C Grashio Interview.mp3
    24. Mayor 460525 Memorial Day Parade.mp3
    25. Memorial Day Program 1948 How Sleep The Brave.mp3
    26. Raymond Gram 450530 Gen Eisenhowers Memorial Day.mp3
    27. Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380526 Judy Canova.mp3
    28. Texaco Town 370530 37 Show Aired To England.mp3
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    27 recordings on 14 Audio CDs. Total playtime 12 hours, 38 min
    27 recordings on 14 Audio CDs
    total playtime 12 hours, 38 min

    Memorial Day Disc A001

    1. Anthology 552905 64 Memorial Day 1955
    2. Columbia Workshop 46-12-07 (043) The Parade

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    Memorial Day Disc A002

    1. D-Day 1944-06-06 First NBC Broadcast
    2. Great Gildrslv 433005 Episode 84 Memorial Day parade

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    Memorial Day Disc A003

    1. Memorial Day Program 1948 How Sleep The Brave

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    Memorial Day Disc A004

    1. Kraft 340524 Lee Wiley,Mystery Singer

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    Memorial Day Disc A005

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

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    Memorial Day Disc A006

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

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    Memorial Day Disc A007

    1. Rudy Vallee Royal Gelatin Hour 380526 Judy Canova

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    Memorial Day Disc A008

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

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    Memorial Day Disc A009

    1. Against Storm 410530 Memorial Day Memories
    2. Box Office 420529 Ep001 Memorial Day 1942

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    Memorial Day Disc A010

    1. Eyes Aloft 421207 17 Special Pearl Harbor Memorial
    2. Great Gildrslv 430530 084 Memorial Day Parade

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    Memorial Day Disc A011

    1. Calv 430531 333 Mr Lincolns Wife
    2. March of Death 440129 Cpt Samuel C Grashio Interview
    3. Raymond Gram 450530 Gen Eisenhowers Memorial Day

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    Memorial Day Disc A012

    1. Mayor 460525 Memorial Day Parade
    2. Calv 460527 481 Spin A Silver Dollar

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    Memorial Day Disc A013

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

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    Memorial Day Disc A014

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

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