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Memorial Day Special Programming


Sunday, May 24

1:00PM   The Story of G.I. Joe 
Pulitzer prize winner and war correspondent Ernie Pyle joins the army and writes articles about his comrades in his daily columns.

3:00PM   Jeremiah
In this award-winning APT original film, family, friends, and fellow POWs help tell the story of this American hero who led the way for prisoners in Hanoi and returned from Vietnam to become a U.S. Senator from Alabama. Six of Denton's children are interviewed in this moving account, as well as fellow POW's Robert Shumaker, James Mulligan and George Coker.

4:00PM   1st to Fight: Pacific War Marines
On the Pacific island of Guadalcanal in 1942, the famed 1st Marine Division - the oldest, largest and most decorated division of the U.S. Marine Corps - defeated Japanese forces in a turning point of WWII. 1ST TO FIGHT: PACIFIC WAR MARINES, narrated by actor Jon Seda (HBO's The Pacific and NBC's Chicago P.D.), documents the experiences of 1st Marine Division veterans who took part in the historic fight.

5:00PM   Greatest Bond
This documentary follows the journey of four disabled veterans as they travel to a prison in Gatesville, Texas, to be paired with a service dog. These dogs have been expertly trained by female prison inmates serving hard time. Not only do these dogs help the veterans on a very practical level, but they also provide constant emotional support, protection, and relief from the terrors of their combat-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Peppered among the vulnerable and broken veteran stories, is the lighthearted joy of the puppies, the redirected lives of the female inmates and the good-natured humor of the veterans and inmates as they work closely together. The film is a story of redemption for the inmates and profound new hope for the veterans, through the unconditional love of these very special dogs.

7:00PM   National Memorial Day Concert
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.