This November WETA TV26 salutes military veterans with special programming throughout the month. Read descriptions for these honorary programs and check the channel guide below to find WETA on your television.
Friday November 7
8:30pm WETA Guide to Memorials
Take an inspiring tour of the many military, war, and presidential memorials of Greater Washington. Visit sculptures, statues and buildings located nearby that memorialize individuals, events, and Americans' service to their country. Includes: African American Civil War Memorial, Air Force Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, Civil War Unknowns, D.C. World War I Memorial, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, Jefferson Memorial, JFK Eternal Flame, Korea, War Veterans Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial, Memorial Bridge, Tomb of the Unknowns, U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, U.S. Navy Memorial, Washington Monument, Women in Military Service Memorial.
9pm In Performance at the White House Salute to the Troops
President and Mrs. Obama host a PBS music special from the White House, with an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve the United States. Performances by Mary J. Blige, Common, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Romeo Santos, and active duty military members U.S. Army Sgt. Christiana R. Ball, U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matt Smith and Capt. John Ed Auer. There also will be a performance by Daughtry via satellite of their USO concert at Yokota Air Base in Japan, as well as a live-viewing audience of troops from the USO Warrior and Family Center at Fort Belvoir in Virginia.
10pm Craft in America: Service
Part of the PBS veterans initiative “Stories of Service,” is the story of craft and the military. From the origins of the Army Arts & Crafts Program and the G.I. Bill to contemporary soldiers and veterans, “Service” documents the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal. Eugene Burks, Jr., Pam DeLuco, Judas Recendez, Ehren Tool and Peter Voulkos.
Tuesday November 11
7am-6:30pm Victory at Sea
An extraordinary 26-part documentary series exploring the naval campaigns and battles of WWII and how America responded to the victories. Victory At Sea utilizes illustrative and dramatic footage of actual combat against the backdrop of an original orchestra score by composer Richard Rodgers and riveting narration. The film puts a lens on naval warfare, especially the momentous attack on Pear Harbor and the many battles and campaigns which comprised WWII.
9pm Navy SEALs: Their Untold Story
Premiering on Veterans Day, this program recounts the ticking-clock missions of the “Commandoes of the Deep” through firsthand accounts — including that of a D-Day demolition team member — and through never-before-seen footage, home movies and personal mementoes. Admirals, master chiefs, clandestine operators, demolitioneers and snipers reveal how US Navy SEALs morphed into the world's most admired commandoes.