Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time to honor and remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to our country. It is a day for reflection and gratitude, ensuring their legacy lives on in our hearts.

In honor of this special day, WCNY is offering special TV and radio programming, educational content, and on-demand streaming options.

2024 National Memorial Day Concert

Watch Sunday, May 26 at 8 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. on WCNY-TV

This year’s National Memorial Day Concert is hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise. With all-star performances and tributes from Washington, D.C., the 35th annual event will continue to honor our men and women in uniform, their families at home, and all those who have given their lives for our country.

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Going to War

Watch Monday, May 27 at 10 p.m. on WCNY-TV

What is it really like to go to war? Filled with terror, pain, and grief, it also brings exhilaration, and a profound sense of purpose. In “Going to War,” renowned authors Karl Marlantes and Sebastian Junger help us make sense of this paradox and get to the heart of what it’s like to be a soldier at war. Veterans of various conflicts reveal some universal truths of combat with unflinching candor.

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Classic FM

Memorial Day Special: The Last Full Measure of Devotion
Classic FM’s Memorial Day special hosted by Marie Lamb will feature “The Last Full Measure” by Buz Kohan and Larry Grossman, performed by U.S. Air Force musicians, William Grant Still’s “In Memoriam,” dedicated to African American troops who lost their lives fighting for the Union in the Civil War, “Pagine di Guerra” (Pages of War) by Italian composer and onetime Boston Pops music director Alfredo Casella, inspired by silent films of World War I, and more!
Listen Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m. & 6 p.m. on Classic FM

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2024 National Memorial Day Concert: Featured Stories

Hear real-life stories spanning the broad history of our nation’s military conflicts.

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Honor Flight Syracuse: Mission 20

Honor Flight Syracuse brings veterans from across Central New York to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials honoring their service and sacrifices. On April 27, WCNY captured Honor Flight veterans from the 20th Mission from Syracuse to D.C. as they arrived home at Syracuse Hancock International Airport.

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Memorial Day
Learn about Memorial Day with this look back at the holiday’s history.

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Field of Flags
This project provides students with a clear representation of the Memorial Day holiday, and gives them an opportunity to honor the sacrifice of those in the armed forces.

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