Maryland Public Television will broadcast 15 hours of programs to honor our military veterans and their families throughout the month of November.
On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, the public television network will air “Last Ring Home,” the story of Lt. Minter Dial’s Annapolis Naval Academy ring that found its way home 17 years after the soldier was held as a prisoner of war and killed in World War II. That film will air at 10:30 p.m.
Airing earlier that night at 8 p.m. is “After Action,” a film featuring in-depth interviews with veterans’ telling stories of life before, during, and after military service.
Additionally, MPT has partnered with 3 Penny Films, the United States Naval Academy Foundation, and Finnegan’s Wake Films to broadcast “P.O.W.: Passing on Wisdom” at 9 p.m. on Veterans Day.
February 2023 will mark the 50th anniversary of the homecoming of prisoners of war from the Vietnam War. MPT’s broadcast of “P.O.W: Passing on Wisdom” will mark the film’s national debut.
The film focuses on interviews from prisoners of war as they share their experiences surviving imprisonment, post-traumatic stress, and post-traumatic growth. It also examines how stories from the prisoners can help address problems in today’s world.
MPT will also have other veterans-related productions available online including “True North: Sailing to Salvation,” the tale of a group of veterans who return home from duty and feel alienated from society but find a sense of belonging in a project with the Chesapeake Bay.
Another online production the network will offer is “Scattering CJ,” which tells the story of a travel-infatuated veteran who took his own life at age 20, prompting his mother to gather travelers to help CJ see the world by scattering his ashes all over the globe.
Other films include “American Veteran,” “From Honor to Medal: The Story of Garlin M. Conner,” “Parables of War,” “Known but To God,” and the award-winning production “Maryland Vietnam War Stories.”
For the full list of featured broadcasts for the month visit MPT’s website.