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Memorial Day Weekend Marathon

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From documentaries celebrating the heroism and sacrifices of our armed forces to the “National Memorial Day Concert,” join us for a special time of remembrance Sunday, May 27, in our Memorial Day weekend marathon. The specials honoring the service of our men and women in uniform, their families and those who gave their lives begin at 12:30 p.m.

"Company of Heroes," 12:30 p.m.

Company of Heroes

Easy Company -- the 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division -- widely known as the "Screaming Eagles" is one of the most revered combat units in U.S. military history. The Army company's legendary exploits fighting through Normandy, Holland, Belgium, France and Germany in World War II inspired the book "Band of Brothers." In this one-hour feature, nine of those veterans, along with the families of three deceased patriots, recount the horrors and victories, bonds made, blood and tears shed, and memories of the friends they lost.

"Navy Heroes of Normandy," 1:30 p.m.

Navy Heroes of Normandy

Spotlighting a dedicated group of Navy veterans, "Navy Heroes of Normandy" shares the crucial role they played in Operation Neptune-Overlord on June 6, 1944. A day that would never be forgotten and the largest amphibious and landing assault operation in the history of war, the sailors' efforts in the D-Day invasion of Normandy proved critical to the success of the Allied invasion of Western Europe.

"Omaha Beach: Honor and Sacrifice," 2:30 p.m.

Omaha Beach: Honor and Sacrifice

On D-Day, a roughly 7,000-yard stretch of beach in Normandy, France, given the code name "Omaha" proved to be the Allies' biggest obstacle to the success of Operation Overlord. As many veterans return to this part of the Normandy coast for the last time, "Omaha Beach: Honor and Sacrifice" share the very personal stories of several veterans and documents the celebrations in Normandy that continues to this day as a result of their acts of courage and determination on June 6, 1944.

"They Were Our Fathers," 3:30 p.m.

They Were Our Fathers

More than 20,000 American children lost their fathers in the Vietnam War. "They Were Our Fathers" shares the stories of these Gold Star sons and daughters as they honor their dads on Father's Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

"National Memorial Day Concert," 7 and 8:30 p.m.

National Memorial Day Concert

Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 29th broadcast of this night of remembrance. Honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women and uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country, the "National Memorial Day Concert" features an all-star line-up of actors and musicians, the National Symphony Orchestra and an extraordinary fireworks display live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.


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