Veterans Programs & Resources
Memorial Day Programming:
- The Vietnam War: The Veneer of Civilization, May 21st at 11pm
- Description: With the country at odds over the war, draft-age Americans face wrenching choices. After chaos roils the Democratic Convention, Nixon narrowly wins the presidency. In Vietnam, soldiers on all sides witness terrible savagery and unflinching courage.
- National Memorial Day Concert 2020, May 24th at 8pm & repeat at 9:30pm
- Description: Tune in to the 31st annual broadcast of America’s national night of remembrance, honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home, and all those who gave their lives for our country.
- The Registry, May 24th at 11pm
- Description: When the United States military needed help defeating Japan in WWII, they called on second-generation Japanese Americans from the internment camps to serve in a confidential unit called the Military Intelligence Service. The MIS was composed of translators, interpreters, interrogators and even men on the frontlines. One member, Roy Matsumoto, was lauded for sabotaging the Japanese with false orders in his family’s language. The group of 6,000 Japanese Americans is credited for shortening the Pacific War by two whole years. Despite the heavy responsibility given to these men, their families were left imprisoned. The Registry, directed by cousins Bill Kubota and Steve Ozone, examines the complex issues imbued in these all-but-forgotten Nisei recruits, setting the table for a fantastically compelling debate on race, patriotism, and recognition.
- Nova: Last B-24, May 27th at 9pm
- Description: In 1944 a smoking, battle-scarred B-24 Liberator bomber known as the Tulsamerican crashed into the choppy seas off the coast of Croatia, entombing three of its occupants under 135 feet of water. For years they were lost to the world-and their families. But in 2010, nearly seventy years after the crash, divers located the plane. And in 2017, the Department of Defense, aided by the Croatian Navy and some of the world’s leading underwater archaeologists, set to work investigating the wreckage. Were the B-24s truly as dangerous as the nickname “the Flying Coffin” suggested? And what does that mean for the recovery of the fallen airmen? Now, NOVA joins a team of archaeologists on a dangerous mission to recover and identify their remains. They will deploy advanced mapping and diving technologies and sift through tons of sediment-eventually to find artifacts and other tantalizing clues. From the recovery of the remains to the subsequent forensics and DNA analysis of the remains in the laboratory, the story of the Tulsamerican is riveting and emotional. NOVA documents it all, including the moment a family hears the words they never expected to hear: “On behalf of a grateful nation…”
- The Vietnam War: The History of the World, May 28th at 9pm
- Description: When troop withdrawals begin, soldiers left in Vietnam ask what they are fighting for. News breaks of a shocking massacre at My Lai, and questions grow about the war’s rectitude. The Cambodia invasion sparks large protests, with tragic consequences.
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