In recognition of Memorial Day on May 26th, KLRU and KLRU Q are offering several programs this month on veterans issues. These programs are part of a national initiative called Stories of Service designed to increase dialogue and solutions as our nation’s veterans transition to civilian life.
Coming Back with Wes Moore
Tuesdays, May 13, 20 & 27 at 7 pm
This series, produced by best-selling author and US Army veteran Wes Moore, tells the story of his search for answers to some of the most difficult questions facing vets returning from war. Moore’s journey, spurred by the suicide of one of his oldest friends and a fellow officer, takes him into the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate into society, establish new identities and — for many — find a new mission.
Thursday, May 22, at 8 pm; Sunday, May 25, at 1:30 pm and 4 pm
This documentary follows the efforts of volunteers from Sun City Texas that come together on a mission to show appreciation to the soldiers at Fort Hood.
Tattooed Under Fire
Thursday, May 22, at 9 pm; Tuesday, May 27, at 10 pm
A unique, intimate, character-driven portrait of Iraq-bound and returning US soldiers as they go under the tattoo needle: openly professing their pride, sharing their secrets and confessing their fears
National Memorial Day Concert
Sunday, May 25, at 7 pm and 8:30 pm; Monday, May 26, at 10 pm
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 25th anniversary broadcast, a night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.
Death and The Civil War: American Experience
Monday, May 26, at 8 pm
From filmmaker Ric Burns, “Death and the Civil War” explores an essential but largely overlooked aspect of the most pivotal event in American history. With the coming of the Civil War and the staggering casualties it ushered in, death entered the experience of the American people as it never had before — permanently altering the character of the republic, and the psyche of the American people.
Tuesday, May 27, at 8 pm
D-Day was a logistical effort on a scale never seen before or since. On the day itself, 3,000 planes dropped 23,000 airborne troops behind German lines, and 7,000 ships delivered around 20,000 military vehicles and 130,000 soldiers onto the beaches.
Nova D-Day’s Sunken Secrets
Wednesday, May 28, at 8 pm
A vivid blow-by-blow account of the tumultuous events of D-Day and how the Allies’ intricate planning and advanced technology was vital to assure the success of the most ambitious and risky military operation ever launched.
The PBS programs are part of a national, multi-platform initiative called Stories of Service and a community engagement campaign funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) called Veterans Coming Home. The Stories of Service collection on PBS’ website includes rotating films and videos, encompassing both new and archival programs, resources for educators and students courtesy of PBS LearningMedia and resources for veterans as part of Veterans Coming Home. More programming is planned for later this year including Makers “Women & War” (September 2014) and Craft In America “Service” (November 2014). The conversation will continue across social media using #ServiceStoriesPBS.
KLRU Q presents a Memorial Day marathon of programs on Sunday, May 25th
3:00pm Nickels From Heaven -
Recounts the experiences of the “Triple Nickles,” the first African- American soldiers to be designated as U.S. paratroopers.
4:00pm Gathering of Heroes -
World War II veterans from Indiana embark on trek to visit the memorial that honors their sacrifice.
6:00pm T. Moffatt Burris and the Crossing -
Moffatt Burriss’ heroic actions in Operation Market Garden during World War II are detailed. (Portrayed by Robert Redford in 1977 Richard Attenborough film “A Bridge Too Far.”)
6:30pm Ted Bell and the Ridge -
Col. Ted Bell became The Citadel’s most decorated World War II veteran for his valor in Okinawa.
7:00pm Last Ridge -
National Public Radio’s Scott Simon narrates the remarkable story of the 10th Mountain Division.
9:00pm Vietnam War Stories -
Personal memories of service and sacrifice are shared, giving an insight into the experience of war.