WPBS-DT is bringing together multi-platform content and powerful conversations around military veterans under the banner of “Veterans Coming Home: Stories of Service” in an upcoming 7-month campaign beginning with Veteran’s/Remembrance Day through Memorial Day. The special programming features compelling stories of those who have served and provides a deeper understanding of military history.
Spanning WPBS on-air and on-line, the station will create content and provide community resources for veterans and their families. Log online to wpbstv.org to access these many valuable resources.
The centerpiece, premiering on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET, is “NAVY SEALS – THEIR UNTOLD STORY”. The documentary recounts the ticking-clock missions of the “Commandoes of the Deep” through firsthand accounts, never-before-seen footage and personal recollections. Admirals, master chiefs, clandestine operators, demolitioneers and snipers reveal how U.S. Navy SEALs morphed into the world’s most admired commandoes. Actor Gary Sinise, who has dedicated himself to veterans’ causes and supporting the troops in active service, narrates. PBS LearningMedia will add additional content to the “Soldiers, Veterans & War in American Life” resource collection to coincide with the premiere of NAVY SEALS – THEIR UNTOLD STORY. The new content will feature stories from veterans from across the country and clips from the program for classroom use.
Other themed programming includes – Craft in America “Service” Sunday, November 2nd at 10:30pm; Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House Friday, November 7th, at 9:00pm immediately followed by America’s Veterans: A Musical Tribute at 10 pm. On Saturday, November 8th, tune in to National Veterans Creative Arts Festival at 3 pm; Veterans Day 11:11:11 at 4 pm; and, A Gathering of Heroes at 6:30 pm. On Sunday, November 10 WPBS will broadcast Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey at 10 pm and No Going Back: Women and the War at 11:30 pm. Programming listings can be found online at wpbstv.org
Looking ahead to 2015, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE will present Rory Kennedy’s “Last Days in Vietnam,” a documentary that recounts the fall of Saigon, the panic that gripped the city and the evacuation of more than 1,300 Americans and nearly 6,000 Vietnamese.
Viewers are invited to join the conversation in social media using the hashtag #ServiceStoriesPBS and access a rich library of over 50 archival programs and resources for educators, students and veterans at pbs.org/storiesofservice.
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