AETN plans special programming to honor veterans for Memorial Day
Posted 25 May 2016
The Arkansas Educational Television Network will celebrate Memorial Day by remembering and honoring veterans beginning Sunday, May 29, at 1:30 p.m. and continuing through Monday, May 30.
The AETN Memorial Day Schedule includes:
- 'Escape From Firebase Kate,' airing Sunday, May 29, at 1:30 p.m. This is the compelling story of 26 U.S. soldiers who were forced to abandon Firebase Kate and escape through a jungle full of thousands of NVA soldiers during the Vietnam War in 1969.
- 'War Journal: The Incredible WWII Escape of Major Damon 'Rocky' Gause,' airing Sunday, May 29, at 2:30 p.m. This special tells the true story of how American airman Damon 'Rocky' Gause escaped a prison camp on the Bataan Peninsula in 1942, swam to nearby Corregidor Island, and then sailed with U.S. serviceman William Lloyd Osborne in a leaky 20-foot fishing boat from the Philippines to Australia.
- 'In Their Words: A Veteran's Tribute Tour,' airing Sunday, May 29, at 4 p.m. In June 2007, AETN escorted 45 World War II veterans to 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.
- 'National Memorial Day Concert,' airing Sunday, May 29, at 7 and 8:30 p.m. Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 27th broadcast of this night of remembrance, honoring the service and sacrifice of men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for this country.
- 'POV: Of Men and War,' airing Sunday, May 29, at 10 p.m. This episode focuses on a first-of-its-kind PTSD treatment center in California and follows Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families on their paths to recovery as they attempt to make peace with their pasts, their loved ones and themselves.
- 'Finding Elizabeth's Soldiers,' airing Sunday, May 29, at 11:30 p.m. The 2013 documentary 'Portraits for the Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black' first introduced viewers to Elizabeth Black, a Pittsburgh artist who sketched charcoal portraits of American soldiers across Europe during World War II. Her story lives on in the follow-up documentary 'Finding Elizabeth's Soldiers,' as WQED in Pittsburgh works to find the soldiers and/or their survivors. From Philadelphia to San Francisco and points in between, the film features encounters with both amazed and appreciative families.
- 'Ted Talks: War and Peace,' airing Monday, May 30, at 8 p.m. Those who have experienced war – fighters, journalists, psychologists and more – share how it affects everyone. This special features extraordinary, passionate talks and performances from Adam Driver, Rufus Wainwright, Sebastian Junger and many more vital voices.
The Arkansas Educational Television Network is Arkansas's statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at aetn.org. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).