U.S. War Dead Honored On Memorial Day 1945 Newsreel
(1) "As America shifts her armed might to finish off the last remaining Axis power, she pauses to honor her heroes who were slain in this and in previous wars. In Arlington National Cemetery, Colonel Lowry, representing President Truman, places a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The National Cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y. is visited by thousands who pay their respects to the fallen heroes who lie there. Riverside Drive, N.Y.C., is the scene of the annual service parade, in which thousands of marchers and onlookers give honour to The Flag and to the men who have died while defending it. Anzio Battlefield, Italy is revisited by U.S. Rangers, who after fighting there had been imprisoned by the Nazis until freed by the Russians. Prior to shipping home, the Rangers honor their comrades who lie buried there." scenes of Tomb of Unknown Soldier wreath laid by Col. Lowery, National Cemetery in Brooklyn, 25,000 parade in New York, first time no Civil War veteran able to participate, soldiers visit Italy cemetery; (2) Destroyer Survives 8 Attacks - "Seattle, Wash.: Although 8 Jap suicide planes crashed into her off Okinawa, the U.S.S. Laffey, a destroyer, limps home for repairs. Ship workers get first hand proof that we are still engaged in a very tough war." scenes of USS Laffey on display in Seattle, with Japanese suicide boat, more shipyard workers needed (3) Mrs. Truman Christens War Bond Plane - National Airport, Washington, DC: In her first official appearance as first lady of the land, Mrs. Truman christens two giant air ambulances, which were purchased by the Congressional Club, one for the Army, the other for the Navy." but champagne bottle does not break. (4) Air Rescue Training - "Alberta, Canada: Parachuting R.C.A.F. rescue men air for tree tops in their 'timber jumps,' then slide down extension ropes to render aid to victims stricken in the forests." (5) Iraq Regent at Capital - "The White House: Arriving from Casablanca at President Truman's invitation, Prince Abdul Ilah, Prince Regent of Iraq, enters official discussions with America's chief magistrate." (6) Gen. Clark Gets Ovation In Chicago - Mark Clark with Mayor Kelly parade down Michigan Blvd. (7) Food Chief Appeals For Farm Help - War Food Administrator Jones speaks with pictures of farmers. (complete newsreel) 1945/05/31 (1945)
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