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The Our Land Be Bright Radio Program

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Senior Vice Commander Dick Isabell of V.F.W. Post 721 presents a citation.
Senior Vice Commander Dick Isabell of V.F.W. Post 721 presented a citation from the V.F.W. to Mig Figi, manager of WAUX, for broadcasting 'Our Land Be Bright.'




Veterans of Foreign Wars Maltese Cross
Veterans of Foreign War
Maltes
e Cross



Background

From the May 26th, 1947 edition of the Rome Sentinel:

With WRUN-FM
On the Air

     Tomorrow afternoon at 4:15, Station WRUN-FM will present the second in a new series of programs dealing with national problems and featuring outstanding personalities from the fields of entertainment, politics and military affairs.
     The new program series, called "Our Land Be Bright," is sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
     Tomorrow's speaker will be Gen. George C. Kenny of the U.S. Army Air Forces.
     Participants on subsequent programs include Major Alexander de Seversky, aviation expert; Mr. Hugh Gibson, associate of ex-President Hoover; and former Senator Warren R. Austin, U.S. representative to the United Nations.
     Radio and motion picture stars who also will be featured on the "Our Land Be Bright" series include Jack Benny, Herbert Marshall, Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Jack Carson, Ronald Reagan, Henry Fonda, Dana Andrews, Glenn Ford and Dennis Morgan.


Transcription label for Our Land Be Bright Program No. 13
Transcription label for Our Land Be Bright Program No. 13

Series Derivatives:

None
Genre: Anthology of Golden Age Radio Patriotic Dramas
Network(s): CBS
Audition Date(s) and Title(s): Unknown
Premiere Date(s) and Title(s): 47-04-12 01 The VFW National Home

48-05-14 01 Flower Of Remembrance

Run Dates(s)/ Time(s): 47-04-12 to 47-07-05; NBC [WBEC]; Thirteen, 15-minute programs;

48-05-14 to 48-08-06; CBS [KGLO]; Thirteen, 15-minute programs;

Syndication: Veterans of Foreign Wars of The United States
Sponsors: Veterans of Foreign Wars of The United States
Director(s): Robert J. Enders, Producer
Principal Actors: Jack Benny, Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Jack Carson, Ronald Reagan, Henry Fonda, Glenn Ford, Dennis Morgan, Dana Andrews, Joan Fontaine, Jeanne Craine, Herbert Marshall, Bob Hope, Margaret O'Brien, Gen. George C. Kenny, Jane Wyman, Robert Montgomery, Adolphe Menjou, Brian Aherne, Madeleine Carroll
Recurring Character(s):
Protagonist(s):
Author(s): None
Writer(s)
Music Direction:
Musical Theme(s):
Announcer(s):
Estimated Scripts or
Broadcasts:
26
Episodes in Circulation: 12
Total Episodes in Collection: 12
Provenances:
Digital Deli contributor, Doug Hopkinson.

Notes on Provenances:

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Our Land Be Bright Radio Program Log [ 1947 Run]

Date Episode Title Avail. Notes
47-04-05
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47-04-12
1
The VFW National Home Features Margaret O'Brien

47-04-19
2
National Security 47-04-18 Berkshire Eagle
WBEC, 1490
TOMORROW
P.M.
2:55 -- Boston Braves vs. Philadelphia Phillies.

F
eatures Gen. George C. Kenny

47-04-26
3
Underpaid School Teachers
N
47-04-25 Berkshire Eagle - VFW Sponsors Broadcasts A series of weekly programs featuring prominent Hollywood stars will start tomorrow afternoon at 3 over WBEC. The 11-week series, entitled "Our Land Be Bright," is sponsored by the Lt. John N. Truden post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. First broadcast in the series is "Underpaid School Teachers," starring Jane Wyman.

47-05-03
4
Vets In Congress
N
47-05-10
5
Everyday International Relations
N
47-05-17
6
We Want No Alien Isms
N
47-05-24
7
Labor-Management Relations
N
47-05-31
8
Veteran Rehabilitation
N
47-06-07
9
Re-Employment Of the Ex-G.I.
N
47-06-14
10
United Nations
N
47-06-21
11
Juvenile Delinquency
N
47-06-28
12
Atomic Energy
N
47-07-05
13
An Air Force In Being
N
47-07-12
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48-05-07
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48-05-14
1
Flower Of Remembrance
N
48-05-15 Gastonia Gazette
V.F.W. To Present New Radio Program
A new radio program, starting Sunday at 6:15 p.m. on WGNC, has been scheduled by the national headquarters of Veterans of Foreign Wars. It is "Our Land Be Bright," and the first of the series of 13 programs will be broadcast from Hollywood, Cal., starring Jeanne Craine in "The Flower of Remembrance." The program follows Drew Pearson and his newscast. Kenneth Dellinger, commander of hte Gastonia VFW post, announced that a membership drive will be kicked off this Tuesday night at the regular meeting, and the drive for new members will run concurrently with the radio series. The post now has about 85 members and hopes to build up to 400. New officers are to be sworn in this Tuesday night, and a representative of the national headquarters will be here to preside at the ceremony.

48-05-21
2
No Vacancies
Y
48-05-28
3
Formula For Peace
Y
48-06-04
4
Little Red School House
Y
48-06-04 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KGLO FM 8:15 Our Land Be Bright,
Herbert Marshall

48-06-11
5
Legislative Forum
Y
48-06-18
6
To Win the Peace
Y
48-06-25
7
Veterans At Work
Y
48-07-02
8
Religion--War and Peace
Y
48-07-09
9
For Those Who Served
Y
48-07-16
10
You and Your Ballot
Y
48-07-16 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KGLO-FM
Robt. Montgomery (8:15 p.m.) The Veterans of Foreign Wars presents guest Robert Montgomery in "
You and Your Ballot" on "Our Land Be Bright."

48-07-23
11
Men Of Tomorrow
Y
48-07-30
12
Voices In the Dark
Y
48-07-30 Mason City Globe-Gazette
KGLO-FM Saturday A.M. 11:00 Our Land Be Bright, "
Voices in the Dark."

48-08-06
13
Play Ball
Y
48-08-13
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Our Land Be Bright Radio Program Biographies




The Veterans of Foreign War
(Sponsor)

(1899-present)

Birthplace: Columbus, OH

Radiography:

Our Land Be Bright (1947)


VFW Maltese Cross small
From the May 30th, 1959 edition of the Schenectady Gazette:

VFW Oldest Veteran Organization


     The Veterans of Foreign War, to some people merely means a clambake, a convention, some marchers in a parade, or maybe just a "buddy" poppy every year around Memorial Day.
     But to its thousands of members, the VFW is more than that--it is a way of life.
     The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, the complete title of the organization, is a national, non-partisan, non-sectarian, non-profit organization composed exclusively of men who have seen foreign service with Uncle Sam's armed forces.
     The VFW is the oldest of all American veteran organizations.  It was founded in 1899 and is chartered by Act of Congress.
     Its emblem, the Cross of Malta, symbolizes the ideals of the organization.  The Cross of Malta, almost 1,000 years old, was the standard of the Knights of St. John, the world's first brotherhood of men who fought to free the oppressed and ministered to the sick and needy.
     One of the major obligations assumed by the VFW is assisting a veteran's dependents.  When a VFW member dies, the organization stands ready to provide a home for is dependents.
     Since 1925, the VFW National Home at Eaton Rapids, Mich., has been a refuge for children whose fathers were toally disabled or deceased.
     From the first family, the widow and children of Sergeant Edward Pollett, it has grown to the extent that nearly 250 children may be cared for.  From a single farm house and several farm buildings it has increased to nearly 50 units including a modern hospital, community center, day nursery, guest lodge, memory chapel, clothing and grocery store, on a 50 acre campus with nearly 600 acres of fertile farm, dairy and orchard land.
     In each cottage on the modern, well planned campus, a family of boys and girls, under the guidance of a "house mother," are provided with a normal, healthy, refined family environment in which to grow into mature, useful citizens.
     The children at the national home attend public schools in Eaton Rapids from Kindergarten through 12th grade and are encouraged to participate in school activities.
     Each child receives religious instructions in his or her own faith, and attends regular services at the various churches in Eaton Rapids or at the memory chapel on the national home campus.
     Facilities provided on the campus through the generosity of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the Military Order of the Cooties, children at the National Home are given an opportunity for a variety of recreational outlets.
     The national home has a gymnasium, theater, game rooms, hobby shops, athletic fields, playgrounds, shuffle board courts, tennis courts, and acres and acres of land for camping, fishing or cookouts.
     Of the more than 200 graduates of the national home, over 150 have served in World war II or the Korean war.  Others are in the business world, the ministry, on college staffs, or just plain housewives.
     The national home has three principal sources of support; a percentage of the proceeds from the annual sale of VFW "buddy" poppies; life memberships in the home corporation; and the sale of National Home Christmas Seals.
     Membership in the VFW is restricted to male officers and enlisted men, and those honorably discharged, who have served in any branch of the armed forces in any foreign war, insurrection, or expedition for which the United States government has issued a campaign badge.
     Presently, there are about 10,000 VFW units in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Panama Canal zone, the Philippine Islands and Japan.  About 7,000 of the posts have ladies auxiliaries.
     The Veterans of Foreign Wars is organized on five principal levels--post, county, district department, and national.  The local unit is a post, several of which may be banded together to form a council.  The council, in turn, is governed by the district.
     The Military Order of Cootie (MOC), founded in 1921, is the "honor degree" of the VFW.  The MOC devotes its energies to two worthy objectives--entertainment for hospitalized veterans and support of the national home.
     The Schenectady county council is comprised of eight posts, five of which are located in the city while the remainder is located in Rotterdam, Delanson, and Cobleskill.



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