Memorial Day Specials

Join Alabama Public Television Sunday as we pay tribute to those who gave the last full measure for our country with special programs and the annual National Memorial Day Concert.


This Memorial Day weekend, join Alabama Public Television for special programming honoring veterans who paid the ultimate price for our country. In addition to PBS' NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT 2024, broadcasts will include APT documentaries WORLD WAR II: ALABAMA REMEMBERS and JEREMIAH and other specials.

Beginning at 2:00pm, WORLD WAR II: ALABAMA REMEMBERS recounts the wartime experiences of Alabama veterans during World War II, from Pearl Harbor until the Japanese surrender. Coming from every corner of the state, from cities and farms, and from various backgrounds, one in ten Alabama citizens served in the armed forces during World War II.

At 6:00pm, JEREMIAH, highlights the extraordinary journey of U.S. Navy Cmdr. Jeremiah Denton, former POW and Alabama Senator. Through interviews with Denton’s children and fellow POWs, this film chronicles Denton’s faith and leadership during years of imprisonment and torture by the North Vietnamese during the Vietnam War. JEREMIAH won the 2016 National Edward R. Murrow Award for best documentary in the nation.

The highlight of the celebration is the PBS’ NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT which broadcasts live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at 7:00pm. This 35th annual tribute honors the service and sacrifice of our nation’s military personnel and their families. Featuring stirring musical performances, heartfelt tributes, and powerful narratives, the concert is a powerful recognition of those who have given all in defense of freedom. Hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, this year’s lineup of special guests will include Bryan Cranston, Cynthia Erivo, Jena Malone, BD Wong, Patina Miller, Gary LeVox, Mary McCormick, Jamey Johnson, Ruthie Ann Miles, and Maestro Jack Everly conducting the National Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to these broadcasts, check out our Memorial Day digital collection, with more stories of our nation’s heroes.


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