Veterans Day 2013 in the United States is Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. On this day in particular, a federal holiday, the nation honors people who have served in armed service.
As has become the custom in recent years, on and around Veterans Day 2013, there will be various TV specials and airings of movies in honor of veterans.
Here is some of the notable TV programming airing for Veterans Day 2013. All times are Eastern; check back for updates and additions.
Armed Forces Classic – Nov. 8 at 7:30pm on ESPN. As part of ESPN’s annual salute to Veterans Day, the network airs this college men’s basketball matchup from Pyeongtaek, South Korea, pitting Georgetown vs. Oregon. Leading up to this, all day long, ESPN will feature live coverage from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., including interviews with the Navy Dive team, Commandant Bill Byrne, Admiral Michael Miller and more.
Taking the Hill – Nov. 10 at 12pm on MSNBC. MSNBC contributor Patrick Murphy hosts a one-hour discussion about veterans issues live from the National September 11 Memorial in lower Manhattan. Murphy, a former congressman (D-PA) and Iraq War veteran, will look at issues affecting the veteran community. MSNBC will also premiere Wounded: The Battle Back Home, a documentary produced in conjunction with the Wounded Warrior Project to commemorate the organization’s 10th anniversary. This will be the first of 12 documentaries produced by Wounded Warrior Project to air on MSNBC in the coming months, and the documentary series will showcase the issues of critical importance to a generation of wounded veterans, their families and their stories of struggle and resiliency.
Homeward Bound Telethon – Nov. 10 Live from 7-11pm on Military Channel. Alan Alda and Joe Mantegna host this live, four-hour telethon to support American veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). The telethon will be broadcast from the historic American Legion Post 43 in Hollywood, with phone banks manned by veterans, celebrities and dignitaries. The broadcast will feature celebrities, music and comedy entertainment, telethon results, profiles of various charities, and veterans telling personal stories behind their dramatic armed forces experiences abroad that led them to come home with PTSD and TBI. Connie Francis co-hosts, and celebrities currently scheduled to appear on the telethon include: Jason Gould, Kevin Spacey, Patti Austin, James Brolin, Jason Bateman, Ben Vereen, Michael Feinstein, Gloria Loring, Steve Tyrell, The American Military Spouses Choir, Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt.Ty Carter, Bette Midler, Henry Winkler, Mark Harmon and the cast of NCIS, Under the Streetlamp, Lou Diamond Phillips, and The Temptations Review.
Armed Forces Collegiate Boxing Invitational Presented By USAA – Nov. 10 at 11pm on ESPN2; Nov. 11 at 11pm on ESPNU. As part of ESPN’s fifth annual America’s Heroes: A Salute to the Troops initiative in recognition of Veterans Day 2013, ESPN networks will televise this event from Crystal City, Va., which features boxers from the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The event will also be available on WatchESPN.
Veterans Day Movie Tribute – Nov. 11 beginning at 8am on Sony Movie Channel. Over 16 hours of war movies, including The Cockleshell Heroes, Sahara and Ike: Countdown to D-Day.
Vietnam in HD (pictured at top) – Nov. 11 from 8am-8pm on H2. Re-airing of the series that offers a comprehensive overview of the Vietnam War.
Glory Hounds – Nov. 11 at 9am on Animal Planet. A look at the extraordinary stories of heroism and friendships that have developed between military working dogs and their handlers in the heat of battle.
Best Vets Movie Marathon – Nov. 11 beginning at 9:45am on AMC. War movies, including Hart’s War, Tora! Tora! Tora! and The Longest Day.
Veterans of Color – Nov. 11 at 1pm on TV One. This one-hour documentary explores the untold stories of African American men and women who served in all branches of the U.S. military. They were among those who stormed the beaches at Normandy, flew as Tuskegee Airmen, and served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Through personal interviews, the film uses 31 individual experiences and collects them into one overall message of self-sacrifice and determination.
Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 – Nov. 11 at 9pm on HBO. Since 2001, more veterans have died by their own hand than in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, one veteran dies by suicide in America every 80 minutes. While only 1 percent of Americans has served in the military, former service members account for 20 percent of all suicides in the U.S. Based in Canandaigua, NY and open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the Veterans Crisis Line receives more than 22,000 calls each month from veterans of all conflicts who are struggling or contemplating suicide due to the psychological wounds of war and the challenges of returning to civilian life. This documentary spotlights the traumas endured by America’s veterans, as seen through the work of the hotline’s trained responders, who provide immediate intervention and support in hopes of saving the lives of service members.
Vietnam in HD image: Courtesy Lou Reda Productions