Over the Memorial Day weekend, WITF presents programs recognizing the men and women who have given their life while serving in the U.S. armed forces.
On WITF FM:
- The WWI Living History Project honors the sacrifices and contributions of America's last surviving WWI veterans. The producers have travelled the country in search of the men and women who made the world (in President Wilson's words) "safe for democracy." Twelve of these veterans, aged 105 to 115, share their reminiscences, humor and wit on a two-hour radio special hosted by award-winning CBS anchor Walter Cronkite. The program begins with a 20-minute introduction to the events of 1914-1917, narrated by the late Walter Cronkite. It explores the political circumstances that precipitated the outbreak of war, and the advances in communication, armaments and transportation which led to an acceleration of hostilities far beyond the known bounds of continental warfare in Europe. Listen for the Living History Project Sunday May 25 6:00pm-8:00pm on WITF 89.5/93.3.
- At War in the Pacific tells the story of heroism and sacrifice by the young Marines who stormed onto the islands and fought from inside the foxholes in the bloody Pacific Campaign of World War II. David D'Arcy hosts this compelling radio hour featuring personal testimony from the Marines and historical context from scholars. We hear how the Marines came of age during weeks and months of searing combat -- and how their sacrifices shaped the history of our nation. As the conflict unfolds in the Pacific, friends and relatives tell how they shouldered the burden back home. At War in the Pacific airs Monday May 26 at 9:00am and 7:00pm on WITF 89.5/93.3.
The National Memorial Day Concert
On WITF TV:
- Wings for Maggie Ray pays tribute to the remarkable life and legacy of Margaret "Maggie" Ringenberg (1921-2008), a U.S. Army Air Force WASP (Women's Air Service Pilot) and renowned long-distance aviation racer. The program covers the Indiana native's numerous aviation adventures during and after World War II, including ferrying personnel and supplies, test-flying new planes, and serving as the lead pilot in around-the-world and London-to-Sydney races. Sunday May 25 at 3:00pm on WITF TV
- A Matter of Duty tells the stories of Maine soldiers who were deployed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Gulf War and the Vietnam War and returned home to face a new, relentless enemy: post-traumatic stress disorder. PTSD is a condition that is not well understood here in Maine and it will have lasting implications for the entire state. It is a national epidemic. Sunday May 25 at 4:00pm on WITF TV.
- Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 25th anniversary broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The National Memorial Day Concert airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands, millions at home, and to our troops around the world via American Forces Network. Sunday May 25 at 8:00pm on WITF TV (repeated at 9:30pm) More information...
- Unsung Heroes: The Story of America's Female Patriots - In a world where front lines no longer exist, America’s female patriots confront the horrors of war as never before and more suffer the effects of combat stress than at any time in the Nation’s history. Monday May 26 at Noon on WITF TV More information...