Memorial Day 2017 Programming

Each May we set aside time to remember and honor those who died while serving our country and protecting our way of life. This month, Milwaukee PBS is proud to bring you programs that remind us about the many contributions our armed forces have made. 

Mettle and Honor: The Greatest Generation

In conjunction with the Veterans Story Project, an initiative from the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center, Journalist Mark Concannon interviews World War II veterans about their experiences in some of the war's most iconic moments.

Mettle and Honor: The Greatest Generation airs Saturday, May 27 at 9:00 pm on channel 10.

Projections of America: Movies in Wartime

During the darkest hour of World War II, a team of idealistic filmmakers hoped the power of the movies could reshape the world. As Allied forces liberated Western Europe, their military campaign was accompanied by a vast propaganda effort that centered around 26 short documentaries about American life targeted at the newly liberated populations.      

Projections of America: Movies in Wartime premieres on Monday, May 15 at 9:00 pm on channel 10.

The Last Ring Home

Learn the incredible story of Lieutenant Minter Dial and his 1932 Annapolis Naval Academy ring that miraculously made its way home 17 years after he was killed as a POW of the Japanese in WWII.          

The Last Ring Home premieres Monday, May 15 at 11:30 pm on channel 10.

Return to Normandy

Twenty-two World War II veterans are invited on a trip to attend the 70th anniversary celebration of the invasion of D-Day in Normandy, France. Many of the veterans have reservations about attending and some are excited to set foot on the sands they fought on decades ago. No veteran was expecting the hero's welcome that they would receive during their ten day visit that, in the end, would change their lives.         

Return to Normandy premieres Sunday, May 28 at 12:30 pm on channel 36.

Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan

During WWII the Navy trained nearly 15,000 pilots using two makeshift aircraft carriers -the Seaandbee and Greater Buffalo - in the safety of landlocked Lake Michigan. These freshwater "flattops," converted from two vintage coal-fired passenger steamers, were unlike anything in the fleet. However the training program was not without hazards causing many crashes, some even fatal. As a result, more than 100 classic WWII fighters and dive bombers sank to the bottom of Lake Michigan, preserved in the frigid, oxygen- deprived waters. It wasn't until the 1970s that interest in resurrecting the fighters surfaced, and with the approval of the U.S. Navy, a skilled team of professionals developed the tools and techniques to locate and recover the forgotten warplanes. Using deep-water divers, side-scan sonar, and remotely operated underwater vehicles, many of the planes have been recovered, raised and restored over the course of the past 30 years. These efforts continue today.     

Heroes on Deck: World War II on Lake Michigan premieres Monday, May 28 at 2:00 pm on channel 36.

National Memorial Day Concert

Join co-hosts Joe Mantegna and Laurence Fishburn for a night of remembrance as we honor 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.

National Memorial Day Concert premieres Sunday, May 28 at 7:00 pm on channel 10.

PBS Previews: The Vietnam War

Join us as we take an early look at creation of the upcoming series from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick: The Vietnam War. Featuring interviews with the filmmakers, behind-the-scenes footage, and exclusive clips from the series.

PBS Previews: The Vietnam War premieres Sunday, May 28 at 8:30 pm on channel 10.

Independent Lens: Farmer/Veteran

A combat veteran starts a farm to help cultivate a healthier life outside the Army. While the sense of duty he once felt as a soldier returns, his crippling PTSD remains as he and his wife nervously anticipate the birth of their first child.               

Independent Lens: Farmer/Veteran premieres Monday, May 29 at 9:00 pm on channel 10.

Additional Programs

Program  Date Channel
USO - for the Troops May 7 at 2:00 AM 10
American Road to Victory: The Americans on D-Day May 8 at 1:00 AM 36
Sanibel to Siberia: The Story of World War II Memorial May 8 at 4:30 AM 36
Iwo Jima: from Combat to Comrades May 8 at 5:00 AM 36
Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler May 11 at 9:00 PM 36
We Served Too: The Story of the Women's Airforce  May 14 at 12:00 AM 36
Eagles of Mercy May 15 at 5:00 AM 36
Men Who Sailed The Liberty Ships May 18 at 5:00 AM 36
Wisconsin's Nazi Resistance May 19 at 4:00 AM 36
Fly Boys: Western Pennsylvania's Tuskegee Airmen May 22 at 5:00 AM 36
Hold at All Costs May 24 at 4:00 AM 36
World War II: Saving The Reality May 28 at 12:00 AM 36
Hallowed Grounds May 29 at 5:00 AM 36