Veterans Day

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Our latest special, "Salute in Song," honors the commitment and service of the men and women in our armed forces, past and present. Hosted by Alison Young and featuring Cantus, this new one-hour special presents music and dialogue about the armed services, with an emphasis on Veterans Day.

Performances by Cantus include "In Flanders Fields," "Waiting for the Dawn of Peace," "Last Letter Home," "Imagine," and "America the Beautiful."

Airs Wednesday, November 11 at 8 p.m. All wars are the same, it is said; only the scenery changes. And the repercussions are pretty much the same too. Over the course of five years, Adam Piore gathered the stories of the surviving members of Delta Company, a Vietnam-era paratrooper unit; Jay Allison joined him for the last two years when it turned from a book into a radio story. At Fort Campbell before deployment, Delta was a ragtag bunch, the “leftovers” as one of their fellow soldiers put it, but on the night of March 18th, 1968, they became heroes.

Dr. Gary Joiner / Dr. Gary Joiner

Commentator Gary Joiner explains the timing of Veterans Day, and why the date of the holiday on Nov. 11 holds great significance.

Airs Tuesday, November 11 at 8 p.m. First known as Armistice Day, November 11th , is the day that World War I ended.

Airs Sunday, November 9 at 6 - 8 pmIn 2006, the original 4.5 million doughboys of World War One had shrunk to a mere handful of veterans, aged 105 to 113.  The World War I Living History Project was the only media project to recognize the legacy and contributions of this passing generation of soldiers. The producers traveled the country, interviewing the last 10 soldiers of the “war to end all wars.”  The award-winning program was hosted by veteran CBS anchor Walter Cronkite and was the subject of a CNN feature.