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WW I Special for Veteran's Day

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Nov 3, 2015 10:27 AM

In 2006, the original 4.5 million doughboys of World War One had shrunk to a mere handful of veterans, aged 105 to 113.  The World War I Living History Project was the only media project to recognize the legacy and contributions of this passing generation of soldiers. The producers traveled the country, interviewing the last 10 soldiers of the "war to end all wars."  The award-winning program was hosted by veteran CBS anchor Walter Cronkite and was the subject of a CNN feature .

Those veterans have since passed away, but last year for the 100th anniversary of the start of World War One, the producers have released a centenary edition of the World War One Living History Project.

The opening background segment, narrated by Walter Cronkite, recaps the causes and consequences of WWI through a combination of scripted narrative, recordings of period speeches, and short first-person accounts . The subsequent segments recount the events of 1917-1918 through the voices of the last 10 surviving American veterans, offering an intimate portrait of the veterans themselves, their experiences and their attitudes toward the war some 90 years after the fact.  The program closes with a tribute to the 4.5 million Americans who served in WWI, and the veterans featured in the program.

Hear this program Wednesday November 11 12:00pm to 2:00pm on WITF.  This will replace Here and Now for that day.

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