First broadcast May 27, 2005

Memorial Day Observed

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

The United States observes Memorial Day on Monday, a holiday which had its roots in the aftermath of the Civil War but which wasn’t officially designated a national holiday by Congress until 1971. It pays tribute to those who gave their lives in military service to the United States and its rights and freedoms. With the country still at war on two fronts — Iraq and Afghanistan — the programming take son even added significance.

The first hour of this year’s program is devoted to the nation’s most deadly conflict, our own Civil War in which 500,000 lives were lost, and then offers songs associated with World War I, World War II and Vietnam.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label P>
  • Harvey Reid, “The Unknown Soldier”, Circles, Woodpecker

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  • Sparky & Rhonda Rucker, “The Battle Cry Of Freedom”, “Dixie’s Land”, “Glory Hallelujah Suite”, The Blue And Grey In Black And White, Flying Fish

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  • Derek Warfield, “The Sabine Pass/The Irish Davis Guards”, “The Soldier’s Farewell”, “The Steeplechase/Me Love Is In America”, The Bonnie Blue Flag, Independent

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  • Richard Shindell, “Arrowhead”, Blue Divide, Shanachie

  • Jack Hardy, “The 111th Pennsylvane”, Civil Wars, Great Divide

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  • John McCutcheon, “Christmas In The Trenches”, Live At Wolftrap, Rounder

  • Richard Thompson, “The Woods Of Darney”, You? Me? Us?, Capitol

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  • Almanac Singers, “Round And Rounder Hitler’s Grave”, That’s Why We’re Marching, Smithsonian Folkways

  • John Gorka, “Semper Fi”, Jack’s Crows, High Street

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  • Michael McCann, “The Wall”, Soldier’s Song, Independent

  • Michael Jerling, “The Long Black Wall”, Memorial Day, Waterbug

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  • Carol Noonan, “Brothers In Arms”, Somebody’s Darling, Independent

  • John Gorka, “Let Them In”, The Company You Keep, Red House