Honored to Serve

Honored to Serve is designed to help educate and inform WETA viewers about the people in the armed forces and their families, past and present, and to provide a deeper appreciation of U.S. military history. Rather than viewing them as "a force apart," these interstitials help citizens recognize soldiers and their families as part of a common family with shared values and goals as a nation.

Tomb of Unknowns 1

2m 51s

The Tomb of the Unknowns holds soldiers' remains from World Wars I and II and the Korean War. Remarkably, the remains of a Vietnam soldier there have recently been identified.


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    Arlington House

    2m 34s

    More than 200 years old, Arlington House has been owned by the families of both George Washington and Robert E. Lee.

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    Burial Ceremony

    2m 29s

    A family says a final goodbye to a loved one at Arlington National Cemetery.

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    Vietnam Vets Memorial

    4m 40s

    This story explores how the Wall came to be built, tracing its initial controversy to its hallowed status today.

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    Vietnam Wall Washers

    1m 36s

    Every month April to October, volunteers clean the Vietnam Memorial wall.

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    Navy & Air Force Memorials

    1m 31s

    Visit special ceremonies at the U.S. Navy Memorial on Pennsylvania Ave. and the U.S. Air Force Memorial near the Pentagon.

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    Famous People Buried

    4m 32s

    From boxer Joe Louis to sailors on the USS Monitor, a look at some of the notable Americans buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

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    Tomb of Unknowns 3

    3m 4s

    A look at the Tomb of the Unknowns, from the first interment in 1921 to "the Sentinel's Creed."

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    Women's Memorial

    1m 52s

    The Women in Military Service for America Memorial, at the ceremonial entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, was dedicated in 1997.

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    Memorial Day

    6m 26s

    Trace the history of Memorial Day at Arlington National Cemetery from 1868 to the Presidential wreath-laying ceremony today.

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    Warrior Canine Connection

    6m 17s

    “Warrior Canine Connection” depicts the training and pairing of these “ultimate service dogs” with returning troops facing post-deployment challenges.

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