Memorial Day

5.25.15: Happy Memorial Day

May 25, 2015
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Each Memorial Day, the country comes together to remember the fallen – but history hasn’t always been so kind. When President Lincoln was assassinated, many people publically celebrated his death, and not just in the south. On today’s show, the myth of a country united in mourning. Plus, a look at why some important historical events go altogether unremembered – like the sinking of The Sultana, America’s deadliest maritime disaster. And a Vietnam veteran says thank you to the comrade who saved him – not from bullets, but from himself.

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New Hampshire towns and cities are marking Memorial Day with ceremonies and parades from morning until night. 

Most Memorial Day events pay tribute to all those who have died in military service to the nation, but there are some events that honor individuals.

One such event takes place each year in Manchester in honor of Army Staff Sergeant Kyle Warren, a medic who was killed in Afghanistan's Helmand Province in 2010.

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  A Memorial Day observance was held in front of the Manchester V.A. Medical Center this Monday morning.

Tammy Krueger, the Director of the Medical Center, told a seated crowd of veterans and the families of deceased soldiers that more than one million servicemen and women have died in America’s wars.

“We owe a lasting tribute to those courageous men and women who stepped forward when their country called, and made it possible for us to be here today.”

5.26.14: Memorial Day

May 26, 2014
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It’s Memorial Day, a time to remember the men and women who fought and died in military service to the United States. Today on Word of Mouth: those who take remembrance to the next level: the re-enactors. In 1986 there were an estimated 50,000 Civil War re-enactors in the U.S. Since 2000 their ranks have been cut in half. We’ll find out what’s at the root of the secession, and what drives someone to take on the identity of a 19th century solider. Plus, the founder of the Veterans Writing Project talks about harnessing the power of prose to cope with the hidden wounds of war. And, we’ll explore the psychic wounds veterans carry. We’ll talk to an officer who couldn’t forget the horrors of war.


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Memorial Day weekend is once again upon us, which means many people across the Granite State will fire up their grills for the first time this year.

To celebrate this time-honored tradition, the Propane Gas Association of New England held its sixth-annual Outdoor Living Safety Day on the New Hampshire statehouse lawn on Thursday.

NHPR’s Michael Brindley went there to talk to people about what makes grilling so great and how to make sure it’s done safely.

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Memorial Day is probably the most archives-centric holiday in the year. While many holidays are a flush of personal memories and family traditions, Memorial Day is more about our collective memory as fellow countrymen. And archives are a conduit to our collective memory. 

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For this Memorial Day we wanted to tell you about a unique art installation at the New Hampshire National Guard headquarters in Concord.

It’s a series of paintings by Elaine Morrison of Laconia, depicting soldiers at war. She tells All Things Considered host Brady Carlson about the paintings.

Airs May 28 at 9:00 a.m.