Memorial Day Specials

Celebrate Memorial Day 2013

WSKG invites you to hear, see and read the stories of veterans and those lost in war in honor of Memorial Day 2013.


On WSKG Radio

Community Conversation: After the War
May 21 at 7:00pm
Every day, an active duty soldier is discharged from the military and returns home to start a new part of his or her life. Some return because service has ended, others because of injuries obtained while serving. All of them will face a period of readjustment to civilian life, and many will be dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety problems, and fear about their future outside of the military. Guests include Dr. Jeanette Betancourt, Senior Vice President of Outreach and Education Practices at Sesame Workshop, who will discuss children and military families Submit questions before and/or during the show.

Here this episode here.


World War II Remembrances from NPR
May 27 - 31 during All Things Considered
More than 400,000 uninformed men and women died in World War II. Sixteen million served between 1941 and 1945 in the U.S. Armed Forces. Now, only one-and-a-half million remain, and they are in their 80s and 90s. Some were awarded medals for their valor, while many served with quiet distinction. Others played supporting roles at home or abroad. All Things Considered pays tribute to veterans of the Second World War who have died recently with a series of remembrances.

Story Descriptions

Monday, May 27th
In the first of the week-long remembrances of veterans of the Second World War who died this year, learn about Jake McNiece, who died at age 93. He was the leader of the "Filthy Thirteen," a crack U.S. Army demolition unit that inspired Robert Aldrich's macho classic The Dirty Dozen.

Tuesday, May 28th
George W. Porter fought for his country in World War II while battling racism at home as a member of the Tuskegee Airmen. After he retired in the late '80s, Porter spoke about the airmen he served with -- reminding audiences of their distinguished service -- and that a pilot's skin color was no measure of his worth. He died this winter at age 91.

Wednesday, May 29th
Mildred Manning died in March at age 98. She was a nurse who was a POW in 1942, and was held for 33 months along with more than six dozen other nurses from the Army and Navy called the "Angels of Bataan and Corregidor." She is thought to be the last of the surviving Angels.

Thursday, May 30th
Herman Boudreau was a retired command sergeant major in the Maine Army National Guard, a sergeant with the Maine State Police, and a longtime auxiliary police officer in Brunswick. His son and a daughter talk about his service.

Thursday, May 30th
During World War II, Hollis Branting served in the U.S. Army in the European Theater from 1942-1945. He was in the 3217th Signal Service Battalion in General Eisenhower's communication unit headquartered in London, and lived through the London Blitz, receiving several commendations for his actions at that time.

Friday, May 31st
Tad Nagaki of Alliance, Nebraska was a veteran of the Office of Strategic Services and died about a month ago. Soon after the Emperor of Japan made his surrender announcement, the OSS parachute team was dispatched to Weishian China POW camp to ensure no harm came to the captives.



National Memorial Day Concert
May 26 at 8:00pm and 9:30pm
On the eve of Memorial Day, join co-hosts Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) and Gary Sinise (CSI: New York) for a night of remembrance featuring an all-star line-up performing with the National Symphony Orchestra. The 24th annual broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, and to our troops around the world on the American Forces Network.



Talk, Listen, Connect
from Sesame Street
Military families, Sesame Street salutes you and supports you! Talk, Listen, Connect, offers you strategies and resources to help your children through difficult periods of transition and separation that can come with military service. And don't forget to check out Military Families Near and Far, a special website where your family can create, communicate, and stay connected!

When Families Gieve
from Sesame Street
About 2.5 million American children under age 18 have experienced the death of a parent, including the more than 12,000 who have lost a parent in the military over the past eight years. While nothing can fully shelter a child from the impact of such a loss, When Families Grieve outreach materials have proven to provide some comfort. The effort includes two outreach kits in both English and Spanish — one specifically for military families, as part of our larger efforts to support these families, and another for the general public — along with community events and a primetime TV special hosted by Katie Couric and the cast of Sesame Street.