The National Memorial Day Concert
Sunday at 8 p.m. on PBS
This concert, televised live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for 15 years, will focus on the 60th anniversary of D-Day with a salute to veterans from that war as well as Vietnam and Iraq.
Actor Ossie Davis, a World War II medic, hosts the concert, and actor Tom Hanks, one of the driving forces behind the construction of the World War II Memorial, introduces a segment in which actor Charles Durning narrates his own experiences during the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach.
Durning, the only man from his company to survive that landing, also participated in the Battle of the Bulge, where he was taken prisoner, and he helped liberate the Nazi camps.
Other participants in the concert include the Grammy-winning blue-grass group Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas; country singer Brad Paisley; actors Brian Stokes Mitchell and Marin Mazzie, Joe Mantegna and Jason Ritter; and Grammy-winning violinist Joshua Bell. Erich Kunzel will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra.
World War II Memorial:
A Testament to Freedom
Sunday at 9:30 p.m.
on WETA and MPT
This hour-long program follows the creation of the new memorial on the Mall, from the sculptor's studios to the stone quarries to the construction site. It features interviews with artists, craftsmen and political figures, including former senator George McGovern, actors Tony Curtis and James Arness, pilots Chuck Yeager and Paul Ribbets, and baseball players Yogi Berri and the late Warren Spahn.
Proud to Serve:
The Men and Women
of the U.S. Army
Monday at 9 p.m. on MPT
This hour-long program salutes career military, recognizing those who have participated in combat as well as those who work in jobs such as clerks, translators and mechanics. Interviews include former senator Robert Dole, basketball star Shaquille O'Neal, Korean War veteran and "G.I. Joe" creator Don Levine, and former prisoner-of-war Jessica Lynch.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Tuesday at 8 p.m. on A&E
Chronicling the life of the general and president, this two-hour feature includes interviews with his four grandchildren as well as his colleagues, journalists including Tom Brokaw and Walter Cronkite, and Henry Kissinger.
10 Days to D-Day
Wednesday at 9 p.m. on History
Using reenactments, diary readings and interviews with survivors, this program retells the tension-filled story of 10 people caught in the middle of the invasion.
June 6 at 8 p.m. on Discovery
This two-hour look at the events leading up to the invasion is punctuated by firsthand accounts from those who survived it, including a U.S. soldier who, at age 15, helped bring soldiers ashore; and a Frenchman who saved a hospital from being hit by forming a red cross in the courtyard with bloody sheets.
D-Day: The Lost Evidence
June 6 at 8 p.m. on History
As soldiers swarmed on the beaches of Normandy, Allied pilots captured the carnage and troop movements on film. Using digital technology, producers now can zoom in on these images to reveal new information about the invasion. The clips are paired with revealing commentary from paratroopers, soldiers and others who recall the grisly ordeal.