Memorial Day Weekend Programming Marathon

24 May 2023 in

Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving the U.S. military. Arkansas PBS has a marathon of shows Sunday to help celebrate those we lost.

“Elvis and the USS Arizona”

The surprising story of how one of music’s biggest icons helped to establish a USS Arizona memorial in Pearl Harbor. Elvis’ fundraising concert drew public attention to the plight and helped to galvanize efforts to finish the USS Arizona Memorial as it stands today.

“Elvis and the USS Arizona” airs Sunday, May 28, at 12:30 p.m.

“Journey Home to the USS Arizona”  

The family of Raymond Haerry, Sr., travel to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor to place his ashes aboard the sunken battleship. One of the few remaining crew members who survived the attack, Haerry passed away at the age of 94, and in 2017, he was interred in the USS Arizona, rejoining more than 1,000 of his shipmates who lost their lives on that fateful day. Narrated by Matthew Broderick.

“Journey Home to the USS Arizona” airs Sunday, May 28, at 1:30 p.m.

“Remember Pearl Harbor”

Commemorating the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, PBS member station WYES-TV/New Orleans and The National WWII Museum have crafted an Electronic Field Trip that will teach students across the country the lessons of the historic day in U.S. history.

“Remember Pearl Harbor” airs Sunday, May 28, at 5:30 p.m.

“The Seabees on Iwo Jima”

Narrated by CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz, the Seabees on Iwo Jima focuses on the United States Naval Construction Battalions in World War II, which built all the infrastructure for the Allies in Europe and the Pacific in WWII. The Seabees were construction workers by trade but had to fight at times. Their motto was “We Build, We Fight,” and their biggest test came in the battle for Iwo Jima in 1945.

“The Seabees on Iwo Jima” airs Sunday, May 28, at 10 p.m.

“The Registry”

“The Registry” breaks open the hidden history of the US Army’s Military Intelligence Service (MIS) during World War II – a story made possible because of a few aging Japanese American veterans with a little internet savvy and a lot of determination.

“The Registry” airs Sunday, May 28, at 11 p.m. 

“The National Memorial Day Concert”

The “National Memorial Day Concert” honors our country’s veterans, servicemen and women and military families. The concert unites the country in remembrance and appreciation of those who gave their lives for our nation and serves those who are grieving through the missions put forward by Abraham Lincoln in his second inaugural address, “Let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan.”

For more than 30 years, this multi-award-winning TV event, featuring uplifting musical performances, documentary footage and dramatic readings, has become an American tradition and is one of PBS’ highest-rated programs. On the broadcast, celebrities share real-life stories spanning the broad history of our nation’s military conflicts, award-winning musicians perform songs in tribute to our country’s true heroes and the finest performers from the United States premier military choirs and ensembles are featured.

The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Chiefs of Staff also participate in the concert, offering their leadership perspective on the value and honor of military service and acknowledging the challenges that veterans and their families face.

“The National Memorial Day Concert” airs Sunday, May 28, at 7 p.m. with repeats Sunday, May 28, at 8:30 p.m. and once again Monday, May 29, at 9 p.m.

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