Decoration Day on AU Thursday

May 23, 2012

It started as Decoration Day, a day to honor fallen Civil War soldiers and has evolved into Memorial Day, a time to honor all of our dead.  We’ll talk with Warren Hegg, with the “Keep the Spirit of ’45 Alive” organization about the Borgstrom family of Thatcher who lost four sons in WWII.  Utah State University folklorist Randy Williams will join us to talk about the Veterans History Project and we’ll talk with several war veterans. We’ll also hear from Curtis Tirrel, with the Billion Graves project on how you can help genealogists by photographing your families’ headstones.  And we’ll conclude the program with folklorist Carol Edison, who will talk about the craftsmanship and artistry found in many grave markers and what grave sites mean to us.