Veterans Day presents us with a special opportunity to recognize the brave men and women who have put their lives on the line to protect our country.
To mark the occasion, AETN will be celebrating and honoring our veterans this weekend with a dedicated programming block.
Special broadcasts that you can look forward to – from local, AETN-original productions to national documentary programs – will air on Sunday, Nov. 12, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
“Barnes and … A Conversation with Col. Karen Lloyd,” airing Sunday Nov. 12, at 12:30 p.m.
Steve Barnes visits with retired Col. Karen D. Lloyd, director of the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress. She oversees the direction of activities of the Library of Congress to ensure the collection, preservation and accessibility of the personal testimonies of American war veterans.
“In Their Words – Their Journey: A Veteran’s Tribute Tour,” airing Sunday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m.
In June of 2007, 45 World War II veterans were escorted by AETN to visit the National World War II Memorial in Washington D.C. The veterans’ experiences touring the nation's capitol and their reflections of the war years make up this 90-minute film that was 59 years in the making.
“Remembering Vietnam: The Telling Project,” airing Sunday, Nov. 12, at 2:30 p.m.
This program takes viewers behind-the-scenes as national performing arts organization, The Telling Project, works with Minnesota veterans of the Vietnam War and armed conflict in Laos to create a play in which veterans share their stories. The one-hour program follows the cast – including former Army nurse Mary Beth Crowley, Marine veteran Ken Plant, retired Navy service member Ken Sholes, 20-plus-year Army veteran Ray Wilson, and the son of a Laos army officer, Khang Yang – through interviews, time spent with their families and friends, and rehearsals culminating in a performance with an invited audience.
“Journey Home to the USS Arizona,” airing Sunday, Nov. 12, at 3:30 p.m.
Narrated by Matthew Broderick, the one-hour documentary follows the family of Raymond Haerry Sr. as they travel 5,000 miles from New Jersey to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii, to place his ashes aboard the sunken battleship. Following the Pearl Harbor attack on Dec. 7, 1941, 19-year-old Ray was blown into the water and swam through oil and fire to Ford Island, an islet in the center of Pearl Harbor, Oahu. There he found a rifle and opened fire on Japanese planes. Later, Haerry helped to recover the bodies of his fallen shipmates. One of the few remaining crew members from the USS Arizona who survived the Japanese attack during World War II, Haerry passed away at the age of 94 on Sept. 27, 2016. In April of 2017, his ashes were interred in the USS Arizona, where he rejoined more than 1,000 of his shipmates who lost their lives on that fateful day.
On a related note, Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam War” – a 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series – continues to rebroadcast on Tuesday evenings at 8 during the month of November. All of this is part of the “AETN Salutes Arkansas Vietnam Veterans” initiative. You can find more information about our local initiative, including complete information on how to get involved, at aetn.org/thevietnamwar.
For those of you who have served or are currently serving in our armed forces, we thank you for everything you do, and we hope that you will join us for this special programming block.
Veterans Day Weekend Marathon
Sunday, Nov. 12, beginning at 12:30 p.m.