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Memorial Day

Remember and Honor Our Heroes

Soldiers standing together

Since the late 1860s, we’ve set aside a day to decorate the graves of our nation’s war heroes. That tradition evolved into the commemoration of Memorial Day. Join us as we remember the military men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. Tune-in this coming Sunday and Monday for special programming to remember and honor our nation’s heroes. We’ve also assembled a video collection for you to enjoy on-demand. These programs and clips feature the stories of Kentucky veterans and highlight National Memorial Day Concert performances from recent years.

Tune-In on Sunday and Monday

National Memorial Day Concert 2020

Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise host a special presentation of the star-studded National Memorial Day Concert with new performances and tributes filmed in different locations around the country, plus iconic stories from past concerts.
Sunday at 8/7 pm and 9:30/8:30 pm on KET

From Honor to Medal: The Story of Garlin M. Conner

The film tells the story of Lt. Garlin Conner, whose exploits in World War II made him among the most decorated soldiers in American history, and the Kentucky community that refused to let his sacrifice be forgotten.
Monday at 8/7 pm on KET

Pearl Harbor – Into the Arizona

On the eve of the 75th anniversary, join the first expedition to explore inside the USS Arizona since the date that will live in infamy, as state-of-the-art imaging technology reveals the aftermath and incredible story of the Pearl Harbor attack.
Monday at 9/8 pm on KET

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Kentucky at War: Desert Storm

Kentucky veterans recount their experiences in the Gulf War conflict.

Kentucky Veterans of the Vietnam War: In Their Own Words

The Vietnam War was the first conflict the United States would leave unfinished, and the scars it left on American soldiers who fought there continue to ache to this day. Now, hear the stories of men and women from the Commonwealth who were there.

Men marching with tanks in the distance

In Their Own Words: Kentucky Veterans of the Korean War

The tragedies and triumphs of the Korean War are revealed through the stories of local veterans.

Kentucky WWII Veterans: In Their Own Words

Kentucky veterans of World War II recount their combat experiences.

The Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort pays tribute to each of the 1,103 Kentucky servicemen and women who died in the war. Veterans of the war shared their memories in this clip from Kentucky Life.

Ursula Palmer, Gold Star Wife

In this clip from The National Memorial Day Concert 2017, the story of Ursula Palmer, whose moving journey to find fulfillment after the loss of her husband, SFC Collin J. Bowen, helps to shed light on the Gold Star experience.

Justin Moore singing

Scotty McCreery Performs “The Dash”

Scotty McCreery performs “The Dash” on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the 28th National Memorial Day Concert in 2017.

Christopher Jackson Performs “Last Full Measure of Devotion”

Christopher Jackson performs “Last Full Measure of Devotion” on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at the 28th National Memorial Day Concert in 2017.

Cynthia Erivo Performs “Requiem for a Soldier”

Cynthia Erivo performs Requiem for a Soldier on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol at the 29th National Memorial Day Concert in 2018.

Justin Moore Sings “The Ones Who Didn’t Make It Back Home”

Justin Moore sings The Ones Who Didn’t Make It Back Home on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for the 30th National Memorial Day Concert in 2019.

Honoring D-Day Veterans

2019 marked the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the single most pivotal day in World War II. The 2019 National Memorial Day Concert shared SGT Ray Lambert’s story of bravery and paid tribute to heroes who sacrificed and died in service to our nation and the world.