HV012- For the Fallen

Soldiers salute at graveHearing Voices from NPR®
012 For the Fallen: For Memorial Day
Host: Major Robert Schaefer of US Army Special Forces
Airs week of: 2012-05-23 (Originally: 2008-05-21)

For the Fallen (54:00 mp3):

Green Beret and poet, Colonel Robert Schaefer, US Army, hosts the voices of veterans remembering their comrades:

We talk with troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, reading their emails, poems, and journals, as part of the NEA project: “Operation Homecoming: Writing the Wartime Experience.”

We hear interviews from StoryCorps, an essay from This I Believe, and the sounds of a Military Honor Guard, recorded by Charles Lane.

And we attend the daily “Last Post” ceremony by Belgian veterans honoring the WWI British soldiers who died defending a small town in western Belgium (produced by Marjorie Van Halteren).

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Comments (6)

[…] Officer, and poet in the NEA book Operation Homecoming. He’s also host of the HV hour “For the Fallen” and the NPR stories “Clusters” and “Remembering a Fallen […]

[…] From the Rauch Brothers‘s animations of StoryCorps pieces, “Germans in the Woods” (used in HV’s For the Fallen): […]

Just wondering when you might actually do a new show.

Comment added by Dave Sanel on 05.29.12

i just wanted you to know how much i have enjoyed the poems that the men have written……i have been contemplating sending one in…….but i have to put it into words…….i know the emotion of it, now i have to formulate it into a poem!……….it will be called”an ode to my flag”….but i have to make it as perfect as i can because it stirs up quite a bit of emotion & i have to be alone to write it!…………..i lose my train of thought when there are people around me! thank you………you can look at one of mine on my facebook page i recently wrote for the world poetry movement……….i’m under (michael e norris) searchlight, nevada 89046

Comment added by michael norris on 06.02.12

May I have a transcript of this show sent to me?
Richard Lasser

Comment added by Richard Lasser on 07.01.12

Thank you to everyone who had something to do with this program. It made me feel very proud that brave men and women gave the last full measure so that we can enjoy freedom.
I cried. Thank you for reminding me what bravery and courage truly are.

Comment added by Tom Teti on 05.30.22

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