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WUCF TV Honors Veterans with Memorial Day Programs

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For over a quarter- century, PBS has inspired viewers with the annual broadcast of the multi award-winning NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (#MemDayPBS), dedicated to our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.

Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”) and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (“Criminal Minds: Without Borders”) are set to co-host this poignant and heart-warming event for the 11th year. The acclaimed actors, whose dedication to the show is evident, are also longtime supporters of veterans’ causes and our troops in active service. The all-star line-up includes distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); world-renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning classical superstar Renee Fleming; iconic music legends The Beach Boys; gifted actress and singer Katharine McPhee (“Scorpion”); country music star and Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry Trace Adkins; plus Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson (“Chicago Med,” “Law & Order”). The 27th annual broadcast of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT airs live on PBS Sunday, May 29, 2016, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.

Other Memorial Day programming includes:

A CALL TO SERVE: Florida Jews and the U.S. Military
Sunday, May 29 at 1 p.m.

This documentary pays tribute to Florida Jews who have served in military campaigns from the Seminole Wars through Afghanistan, and who sometimes made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

HEROES ON DECK: WWII on Lake Michigan
Sunday, May 29 at 2 p.m.

The documentary sheds light on a little-known training operation conducted by the U.S. Navy on Lake Michigan during World War II. Between 1942 and 1945, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Navy trained nearly 15,000 pilots, including 41st President George H.W. Bush, to land and take off from two makeshift aircraft carriers —the Seaandbee and Greater Buffalo – in landlocked Lake Michigan. As a result, more than 100 classic WWII fighters and dive bombers sank to the bottom of Lake Michigan. It wasn't until the late 1970s, 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.

Sunday, May 29 at 3 p.m.

Hear from the remaining few that collectively they will always be known in history as the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders. Long ago these American flyers, aboard 16 B-25 bombers, had accomplished a daring mission that changed the morale of an entire nation.

Sunday, May 29 at 4 p.m.

Six Tampa Bay veterans and one military spouse embarked on a journey to share their stories as part of the national Telling Project initiative, a way to connect veterans and the public through theater.  Hear from the local vets through dramatic performances from their personal experiences.

PORTRAITS FOR THE HOME FRONT: The Story of Elizabeth Black
Sunday, May 29 at 5 p.m.

Explore the life of Elizabeth Black, a promising artist who joined the American Red Cross at the height of World War II.

TED TALKS: War and Peace
Monday, May 30 at 9 p.m.

Join those who have experienced war—fighters, journalists, psychologists and more—to learn how it affects everyone. Hear extraordinary, passionate talks and performances from Adam Driver, Rufus Wainwright, Sebastian Junger and many more vital voices.

DEBT OF HONOR: Disabled Veterans in American History
Monday, May 30 at 10 p.m.

Debt of Honor examines the way in which the American government and society as a whole have regarded disabled veterans throughout history, beginning in the aftermath of the Revolutionary War through today’s continuing conflicts in the Middle East.