10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters
With conflicts being fought by Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan, this year’s Memorial Day takes on new meaning, especially for families of military personnel in all the services. This program honors all those who gave their lives in service to this nation and its rights and freedoms from the American Revolution to just this week in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Again, special emphasis is placed in this program on the Civil War — one, because the holiday originated as Decoration Day in the aftermath of this nation’s most deadly conflict and, two, there is such a large historical song from the era that still resonates with Americans and which is being augmented by the current songwriters. In fact, many of the selections in this program are from recent albums.
During the show’s commentary, I touched on all the major conflicts engaged in by the United States, no matter how unpopular. As singer Carol Noonan points out in the notes to her stunning brand new album, “Our country has always been divided about war, but ironically it is the casualties of those wars who unite us.”