Veterans Day 2023: TV Programming Marathons & Specials Help Remember Those Who Served

THE LONGEST DAY, John Wayne, 1962,
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Veterans Day, of course, is on Nov. 11, but since that is a Saturday in 2023, the federal holiday will be recognized on Friday, Nov. 10.

On both that day and the actual holiday itself, a number of TV networks are airing classic movies, TV shows and specials about war, and the military experience in general, in remembrance of American veterans. Below, you’ll find some notable examples of related programming airing on and around Veterans Day 2023. 

Notable Veterans Day 2023 Programming (All Times Eastern)

Friday, Nov. 10

MOVIES!, beginning at 6am

VON RYAN'S EXPRESS, Frank Sinatra, 1965, military cap

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The Veterans Day celebration on MOVIES! features 24 hours of war/military-themed classic films. Airing in this lineup, in order, are: The Frogmen (1951), starring Richard Widmark and Dana Andrews; Halls of Montezuma (1951), with Widmark, Jack Palance and Robert Wagner; The Longest Day (1962), boasting an all-star cast including John Wayne, Henry Fonda, Richard Burton, Robert Ryan and many more; Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970), a drama about Pearl Harbor led by a large cast of American and Japanese actors; Von Ryan’s Express (1965), starring Frank Sinatra and Trevor Howard; None but the Brave (1965), with Sinatra and Clint Walker; Twelve O’Clock High (1949), headlined by Gregory Peck and Hugh Marlowe; Decision Before Dawn (1951), featuring Richard Basehart and Gary Merrill; and Sink the Bismarck! (1960), led by Kenneth More and Dana Wynter.

Saturday, Nov. 11

Band of Brothers Marathon

AMC, beginning at 10am

BAND OF BROTHERS, Philip Barantini, Ross McCall, Scott Grimes, Donnie Wahlberg, Kirk Acevedo, Neal McDonough, Adam James, Frank John Hughes, 2001

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From executive producers Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, this is the story of Easy Company, an elite team of U.S. paratroopers whose World War II exploits were as incredible as they are true. This landmark 10-part miniseries, which originally aired on HBO in 2001, is based on Stephen E. Ambrose’s nonfiction bestseller that recounts the remarkable achievements of a volunteer rifle company, which included the capture of Hitler’s “impenetrable” Eagle’s Nest in 1945. Stars Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston and Donnie Wahlberg.

Veterans Day Triple Feature

TCM, beginning at 1:45pm

THE BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, Dana Andrews, Virginia Mayo, 1946

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TCM honors Veterans Day by showcasing several classic films involving American veterans and their engagements abroad. Americans battle Communist troops in an abandoned Korean temple in the action drama The Steel Helmet(1951), then fighter pilots prepare for D-Day in the World War II action drama Fighter Squadron (1948), and to close out the evening is The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), which follows three World War II veterans as they return to the American Midwest irreparably changed.

Beyond the Battlefield Veterans Day Special

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Beyond the Battlefield

History, 8pm

In the first hour of this two-hour Veterans Day special, host Remi Adeleke lands at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, just outside of San Diego, exploring the day-to-day operations there while also weaving in the fascinating history of Marine Corps aviation, including its humble beginnings in World War I as part of the Navy. In the second hour, Adeleke heads to Army Special Operations Forces headquarters at Fort Liberty in North Carolina. As he meets the sergeants and generals on the base to learn more about the Green Berets and the work they do around the world, their origins and storied history from World War II to the present are brought to life by renowned historians and former Special Forces officers who were there.

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