Memorial Day & D-Day 70th Anniversary Commemorations

Special Veterans Programs & Series Airing Throughout May
New Mexico PBS presents new special programs, honoring the service of Veterans in all actions – foreign and domestic – as well as commemorating Memorial Day (Monday, May 26) and the 70th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy (June 6, 2014).
All Programs are listed in Chronological Order.

Ch. 5.1 – Mondays 4/21 – 5/19 at 9:00 pm

This 5-part series examines the conflict through the lens of the Western Campaign, which dramatically shaped the final outcome of the war, and features poignant letters from both soldiers and civilians that provide new insights into its causes. Filmed at the actual battle sites, and narrated by Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey).

NAZI MEGA WEAPONS “Jet Fighter Me262”
Ch. 5.1 – Wed. 5/7 at 9:00 pm

Explore the most technologically advanced plane of World War II, the Messerschmitt Me262, a fighter jet that inspired a revolution in aerial warfare. Learn the remarkable story of the subterranean bat-cave where it was built and the battle for air supremacy that decided the fate of the war.

Ch. 5.1 – Tues. 5/13-5/27 at 7:00 pm

Each episode focuses on a different stage of coming home: “Coming Back” (May 13), “Fitting In” (May 20) and “Moving Forward” (May 27). Executive produced by best-selling author & U.S. army veteran Wes Moore, this is the story of his search for answers to some of the most difficult questions facing veterans 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.

NOVA “Escape from Nazi Alcatraz”
Ch. 5.1 – Wed. 5/14 at 8:00 pm

Colditz Castle, a notorious prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany, was supposed to be escape-proof. But in the dark days at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up the ultimate escape plan. After a 70-year wait, a crack team of aerospace engineers and carpenters finally finds out if the legendary plan would have succeeded.

NAZI MEGA WEAPONS “Fortress Berlin”
Ch. 5.1 – Wed. 5/14 at 9:00 pm

April 1945. Hitler is in the center of Berlin, 10 meters underground. But the Russians are advancing on the ground. Learn why all of Berlin was turned into a fortress during the final days of the Third Reich.

Ch. 5.1 – Tues. 5/20 at 8:00 pm

October 14th 2013 was the 70th anniversary of an event that shook the Nazi party to its core. In east Poland, at the remote Nazi death camp of Sobibor, 300 Jewish prisoners staged a bloody break out. This film travels to Sobibor with the last remaining survivors to reveal their extraordinary story of courage, desperation and determination.

NOVA “Bombing Hitler’s Dams”
Ch. 5.1 – Wed. 5/21 at 8:00 – 10:00 pm

In 1943, a squadron of Lancaster bombers staged one of the most audacious raids in history — destroying two gigantic dams in Germany’s industrial heartland and cutting the water supply to arms factories — with a revolutionary bouncing bomb invented by British engineer Barnes Wallis. NOVA recreates the extreme engineering challenges faced by Wallis and the pilots with the aid of six spectacular experiments.

Ch. 5.1 – Thurs. 5/29 at 7:00 pm & 8:00pm

Every woman that has ever served in the American military has volunteered to do so. The service of these women has been heroic, their sacrifices profound and their enormous accomplishments largely ignored. From the Revolutionary War, where women donned men’s clothes and took up arms against the British, to the over 150 female patriots who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan (as of 2014), this film sets the record straight. Executive Producer: Ron Howard

Ch. 5.1 – Sunday 5/25 at 2:00 pm and again Tuesday 5/27 at 10:00 pm

A New Mexico PBS Production – On December 15, 2011, honoring the 70th anniversary of the fall of Bataan and the subsequent death march, Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) proposed S.2004, legislation to grant the Congressional Gold Medal to the troops who defended Bataan during World War II. The next day, Congressman Martin Heinrich (D-NM) proposed its counterpart in the House of Representatives H.R. 3712. One inspiration for this action was the documentary TRAGEDY OF BATAAN. NM PBS presents a program with some of the New Mexico survivors of the surrenders of Bataan and Corregidor, and incorporates the original documentary, TRAGEDY OF BATAAN.

Ch. 5.1 – Sunday 5/25 at 3:00 pm

This is the story behind Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the song famously penned after the relentless bombardment by the British of Fort McHenry, during The War of 1812. The U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club and St. John’s College Chorus give voice to this stirring and elegant song, including a performance of its first draft.

Ch. 5.1 – Sunday 5/25 at 7:00 pm and again at 8:30 pm
Ch. 9.1 – Monday 5/26 at 7:00 pm

Acclaimed actors 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. Guests: Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); Academy Award-winners Dianne Wiest; “The Voice” 2013 winner Danielle Bradbery; Megan Hilty (Broadway’“Wicked”); Jackie Evancho; tenor Anthony Kearns; and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Ch. 9.1 – Monday 5/26 at 8:00 – 10:00 pm

From filmmaker Ric Burns, this program explores an essential but largely overlooked aspect of the most pivotal event in American history. The staggering casualties the Civil War wrought, permanently altered the character of the republic and the psyche of the American people, and brought political and social changes.

D-DAY 360
Ch. 5.1 – Tues. 5/27 at 8:00 pm

D-Day was a logistical effort on a scale never seen – before or since. On the day itself, 14,000 planes dropped 23,000 airborne troops behind German lines, and 5,000 ships delivered 30,000 military vehicles and 160,000 soldiers onto the beaches. This film takes advantage of LiDAR technology to re-create the landscape, and allow viewers to switch effortlessly between the macro and the micro – pulling back for the big picture and zooming in to a close-up of a single soldier on the battlefield.

NATURE “American Eagle”
Ch. 5.1 – Wed. 5/28 at 7:00 pm

Even in the best of times, it’s a surprisingly tough struggle to maintain a one-ton home and raise chicks until they can hunt on their own. Revel in the resurgence of the bald eagle, the American emblem that was near extinction.

NOVA “D-Day’s Sunken Secrets”
Ch. 5.1 – Wed. 5/28 at 8:00 – 10:00 pm

Examine one of the largest underwater archaeological sites, the seabed bordering the D-Day beaches. On June 6, 1944, the Allies launched the biggest armada in history to invade the Normandy beaches and liberate Europe from the Nazis. Now, NOVA has exclusive access to a unique collaboration between military historians, archaeologists, and specialist divers to carry out the most extensive survey ever done of the seabed bordering the legendary beachheads.

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