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In Honor of Veterans

From: Western Folklife Center Media
Length: 53:07

This Veterans' Day program pays tribute to America's fighting men and women through first-hand accounts of battle, as well as music and poetry that draw inspiration from the experience of war. Read the full description.

Default-piece-image-1 Voices of the West: Veterans' Day pays tribute to the fighting men and women of America's armed forces through story, music and poetry. Highlights of our feature include archival recordings made on the battlefield by World War II jouranlist Alvin Josephy, an interview with the first woman to serve in the US marine corps, and a Native American comedian and singer who channels his experiences as a marine into his jokes and songs. "The moving, sincere, and startling moments in this program add up to a remarkable tribute to that whole class of undersung men and women.” Dick Cavett Talk Show Host

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Voices of the West: Veterans' Day pays tribute to the fighting men and women of America's armed forces through story, music and poetry. Highlights of our feature include archival recordings made on the battlefield by World War II jouranlist Alvin Josephy, an interview with the first woman to serve in the US marine corps, and a Native American comedian and singer who channels his experiences as a marine into his jokes and songs. "The moving, sincere, and startling moments in this program add up to a remarkable tribute to that whole class of undersung men and women.” Dick Cavett Talk Show Host

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Review of In Honor of Veterans

The people being profiled here truly deserve their moment on the air on this or any Veteran’s Day. As one who came of age in the 1960’s and continues to hold a bias against war, I am aware of how easy it is to not truly feel the sacrifice of the individuals who go to war for their country, whatever that country’s reason. It is surely the fact of having spent the last decade of my life on soil where this is regarded very differently that has matured my perspective. In this program, we hear lesser-known voices from the West. The sound collected at the Normandy landing by a brave army journalist is pretty dramatic – and the story of Nebraskan Dorcus Cavett (Dick’s stepmother!) - the first woman marine - would simply make a wonderful film! I do wish the narrator had cut back more and let the sound speak for itself. The drawling pace of the narration is probably a hallmark of this series from the Western Folklife Center – and I did find this narration well written. A quiet program – for a contemplative subject.

Broadcast History

Originally aired on Public Radio International in 1997.