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Memorial Day Weekend Specials

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Join us Memorial Day Weekend as we pay tribute to the military service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and those who have taken the ultimate step in serving our country. From AETN original film “Their Journey: A Veteran’s Tribute Tour” to the “National Memorial Day Concert,” we’re proud to have a small opportunity to honor the service men and women who have made the freedoms we enjoy possible.

Sunday, May 29


“Escape From Firebase Kate,” 1:30 p.m.
Explore 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” 

“War Journal: The Incredible WWII Escape of Major Damon Rocky Gause,”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 – Their Journey: A Veteran’s Tribute Tour”

“In Their Words – Their Journey: A Veteran’s Tribute Tour,” 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.

2016 National Memorial Day Concert 

“National Memorial Day Concert,” 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” 

“POV: Of Men and War,” 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 

“Finding Elizabeth’s Soldiers,” 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.

Monday, May 30,

Ted Talks: War and Peace 

“Ted Talks: War and Peace,” 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.


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