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This Memorial Day, we hear from two local veterans who served our country during the Vietnam War, and who are now serving Gold Star families in Rochester. The Gold Star Families Memorial Monument honors relatives of fallen service members. Located in White Haven Memorial Park in Pittsford, the monument was dedicated in June 2016.

We hear from Barry Culhane and John White about the effort to honor local Gold Star families, and about their experiences serving our country.

We preview the return of the PBS show, Home Fires, with a discussion about how World War II impacted families and individual communities. We listen to some music from the time, hear about local history, and a World War II veteran shares his story. Our guests:

  • Peter DuPre, World War II veteran
  • Dr. Carolyn Vacca, Monroe County historian and associate professor and chair of the History Department at St. John Fisher College
  • Michael Lasser, host of WXXI’s “Fascinatin’ Rhythm”
  • Danielle Abramson Swartz, WXXI's director of station events and special projects

We honor veterans this Memorial Day and welcome guests from Honor Flight Rochester. The non-profit organization flies veterans from the Greater Rochester area to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials built in their honor. To date, 2,231 veterans have flown on 47 "missions."  

The veterans joining us in studio share their Honor Flight experiences and reflect on their service to our nation. Our guests:

  • Major Peter Glennon, co-founder and chairman of Honor Flight Rochester, and U.S. Air Force veteran
  • Corporal John Woods, Army Air Corps., WWII veteran
  • Private First Class George Haines, Army scout in the Pacific, WWII veteran
  • First Class Petty Officer Bill Diesel, U.S. Navy, Korean War veteran