There’s a full schedule for you this Memorial Day Weekend, including specials, movies and concerts. AFN has a full day of informative, educational and entertaining television planned, as part of our effort to remember our fallen. As part of this special day, we’d like to share some testimonials and stories of remembrance from AFN viewers around the world. Many thanks to everyone for sharing these special tributes.
Continuing with this special commemoration, AFN will air two landmark HBO series back-to-back and unedited. Band of Brothers and The Pacific will air together on AFN Spectrum Late Night starting at 11pm and 12am respectively starting Memorial Day Mondays through Thursdays.
May 26th AFN|spectrum LateNight 11pm & 12am CET/JKT Mondays – Thursdays
2013 & 2014 has seen the passing of three actual members of Easy Company as portrayed in the series Band Of Brothers. Although these men survived WWII, AFN would like to acknowledge them for bearing witness to their fallen brothers’ heroism and courage, and sharing their stories.
Perconte was played by actor James Madio in the series. Raised in Joliet Illinois, Perconte enlisted In 1942 becoming one of the first men assigned to Easy Company. Perconte was a non-commissioned officer in 1st Platoon.
Heffron was played by actor Robin Laing in the series. From South Philadelphia, Heffron was a replacement to Easy Company as a machine gunner. He quickly became friends with William Guarnere. Heffron fought in several major battles, including Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge.
Guarnere was played by actor Frank John Hughes in the series. Also from South Philedelphia, Guarnere became lifelong friends with Edward Heffron. Guarnere earned the nickname “Wild Bill” because of his reckless attitude towards the enemy.
Memorial Day on AFN|spectrum
Volunteer Jam featuring The Charlie Daniels Band / 1:00 pm PREMIERE
AEG Live Rocky Mountains announces Volunteer Jam featuring The Charlie Daniels Band with The Outlaws, BlackHawk and Craig Campbell at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, a concert to honor members of the military, the Red Cross and first responders.
The Brokaw Files: The Greatest Generation / 4:00 pm
Inspired by a trip to Normandy, Brokaw became fascinated by the cultural shifts that occurred as WWII soldiers returned home to America to rebuild their lives and their nation before passing the torch to the next generation.
Against The Odds: The Marines at Hue / 5:00 pm PREMIERE
The premiere episode features the Battle of Hue City, the site of one of the Vietnam War’s fiercest battles. Three understrength U.S. Marine battalions attacked and soundly defeated entrenched enemy troops, liberating Hue for South Vietnam. This episode tells the stories of the young men of Alpha, Fox, Golf and Hotel Companies who fought and recaptured Hue City.
RAW WAR: The Lost Film of Dak To / 6:00 pm PREMIERE
RAW WAR presents gripping personal stories through film and photographs from combat cameramen who filmed some of the most significant military engagements in Vietnam. These cameramen risked – and sometimes lost – their lives to capture some of the bloodiest battles of our time. This special reveals an unknown chapter of the Vietnam War through the gripping personal stories behind this newly discovered footage.
The National Memorial Day Concert / 7:00 pm PREMIERE
The concert features uplifting musical performances, documentary footage and dramatic readings that honor all Americans who have served or made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops / 8:30pm
LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell, stars of the hit CBS drama series NCIS: Los Angeles, will co-host this concert event featuring some of the biggest names in country music paying tribute to our armed forces. Additionally, Dierks Bentley, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw, Kellie Pickler and Keith Urban have been added to the star-studded lineup of artists scheduled to perform at the event. These artists join previously announced performers Merle Haggard, George Strait, Carrie Underwood, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum and The Band Perry. The concert will honor the country’s remarkable servicemen and women and include special moments and stories of incredible bravery and integrity.
Memorial Day on AFN|movie
(Starts 6 am Monday May 26th through 6 am Tuesday May 27th)
Pearl Harbor, 6:00 am
The story of two friends as they join the military prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Stars Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale and Josh Hartnett.
Women of Valor, 9:30 am
U.S. Army nurses in the Philippines during World War II are captured and imprisoned by Japanese troops during the invasion of the Philippines. Stars Susan Sarandon and Kristy McNichol.
Miracle at St. Anna, 11:30 am
Set in 1944 Italy, the story of four black American soldiers who get trapped in a Tuscan village during WWII. Stars Derek Luke and Michael Ealy.
Only the Brave, 2:00 pm
WWII Japanese Americans determined to prove their loyalty, successfully petition the government to serve becoming the 100th Infantry Battalion. Stars Lane Nishikawa and Greg Watanabe.
Memorial Day, 4:00 pm
13-year-old Kyle Vogel discovers the World War II footlocker belonging to his grandfather, which leads to a wartime past and future. Stars Jonathan Bennett and James Cromwell.
Act of Valor, 7:00 pm PREMIERE
Navy SEALs in a powerful story of contemporary global anti-terrorism, inspired by true events. Stars Alex Veadov, Roselyn Sanchez and Nestor Serrano.
The Hurt Locker, 9:00 pm
An intense portrayal of soldiers in Iraq who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs. Stars Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie.
We Were Soldiers, 11:30 pm
Lt. Colonel Hal Moore and 400 troopers were surrounded by 2,000 North Vietnamese soldiers in a savage battle. Stars Mel Gibson and Madeleine Stowe.
Gardens of Stone, 2:00 am
A sergeant must deal with his thwarted desires to save lives, settling for helping the son of an army buddy while assigned to Arlington National Cemetery. Stars D.B. Sweeney, James Caan and James Earl Jones.
Windtalkers, 4:00 am
Two U.S. Marines in WWII are assigned to protect Navajo Marines who use their native language as an unbreakable radio cypher. Stars Nicholas Cage and Adam Beach.