AFN Saluting Veterans and Military Families

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AFN Saluting Veterans and Military Families

by: Charlie Gill, AFN Public Affairs | .
Defense Media Activity | .
published: November 06, 2015

The American Forces Network (AFN) will honor service members by airing the first TV awards show to recognize military heroes.  The program, featuring First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, will pay tribute to women who serve the military community, highlight a hit movie from last year and other military themed programs.

“AFN honors those we serve every day of the year but most especially on Veterans Day and this special month of recognition,” said Larry Marotta, AFN’s Director of Television.  “We thank our industry partners for their help in paying special tribute to those who serve and sacrifice the most.”

November is proclaimed Military Family Month and established in 1996, with the U.S. Government recognizing the occasion every year since.  Nov. 11 also marks a day that is now known as Veterans Day, a celebration which honors America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.  
“The sanctity of our efforts this month is in remembering the past and currently serving veterans’ missions and their families,” said Marotta.  “Airing the themed-programming connects with our audiences and helps more clearly portray the deployments, the families, the sacrifices and the paramount importance to preserving military history and paying respect to those who fought.”

AFN|spectrum airs a one-hour Lifetime network tribute showcasing the emotional and uplifting journeys of three women, representing the thousands of veterans, spouses, and caregivers on Women of Honor with First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. CET/JKT.   

AFN|news features the PBS show Debt of Honor Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. CET/JKT. The program takes an unflinching look at the reality of warfare and disability, and features interviews with some of the country’s most prominent disabled veterans, including Representative Tammy Duckworth, former Georgia Senator Max Cleland and retired U.S. Army Colonel, Gregory Gadson, a former Garrison Commander of Fort Belvoir, Va.

AFN|spectrum broadcasts the first televised awards show for U.S. military heroes from across the generations, The Honors: A Salute to American Heroes, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m. CET/JKT.  Throughout the program, heroes from World War II to present day are introduced with stories told by Hollywood actors and famous Americans such as Michael Douglas, Kiefer Sutherland and Ryan Phillippe.  

AFN|spectrum airs intimate portraits of America’s military families with unprecedented access to service members in the all-volunteer military on the PBS show, The Homefront, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. CET/JKT.  

Every Wednesday this month, AFN|movie airs movies with a military theme: Unbroken at 8:30 p.m. on Veterans Day, Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Truth Be Told on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. CET/JKT, and Lifted, at 4:00 p.m. CET/JKT Nov. 25.  For more details, click on MYAFN.NET and look under TV schedules.

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