by Daniel J. Engler, Register Correspondent
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 4:34 PM Comment
SUNDAY, 5 p.m.
National Memorial Day Concert
PBS Before a
throng on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol, actors Joe Mantegna and Gary
Sinise will host this tribute to our country and the military personnel who
have protected us and the cause of liberty. Erick Kunzel will direct the
National Symphony Orchestra. Guests include Charles Durning, Gladys Knight,
Sarah Brightman, Rodney Atkins, Gail O?Grady, Denis Leary, John Schneider,
Idina Menzel and Caitlin Wachs.
MONDAY, all day
Memorial Day Shows
This salute to our fighting forces includes A Complete History of the Navy
SEALS (8 a.m./2 p.m.), The Battle of Tripoli (10 a.m./4 p.m.), the three-part
Battle History of the U.S. Marines (11 a.m./5 p.m., 12 p.m./6 p.m., 1 p.m./7
p.m.) and the premiere of the three-part Hero Ships, with USS Arizona (8 p.m.),
USS Enterprise (9 p.m.) and LST 325 (10 p.m.). Advisory: Scenes of war.
MONDAY, 12 noon
Archdiocese for the Military Services: Memorial Day Mass
Mass will be Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who heads the Archdiocese for the
Military Services, USA. Two hours.
Memorial Day Movies
Turner Classic Movies,
American Movie Classics At 2 p.m., TCM presents Since You Went Away (1944), a
moving portrait of home front life in World War II that features Claudette
Colbert, Jennifer Jones and Shirley Temple (TV-G). At 8 p.m., AMC honors our
troops? sacrifices with the 1962 star-studded D-Day epic The Longest Day,
scripted by Cornelius Ryan and based on his nonfiction book of the same title
Commitment: Key to Christian Maturity
This show?s title is that of a book, subtitled Discovering God through
Faithfulness to Our Daily Commitments, by Dr. Susan Muto and the late Spiritan
Father Adrian van Kaam. At 12 a.m. Tuesdays and 10:30 p.m. Thursdays, the
program tells us how to make not just a promise but a lasting commitment in our
Catholic spiritual life.
WEDNESDAY, 9 p.m.
Great Performances: Maestro: Portrait of Valery Gergiev
PBS The Russian
conductor and opera director Gergiev heads the Mariinsky Theater in St.
Petersburg and holds other top posts in the USA and Europe.
The 2008 Scripps
National Spelling Bee
Parochial and homeschool kids always do well in this contest. At 11 a.m., ESPN
will air the preliminary championship rounds and at 8 p.m. ABC will broadcast
the final rounds. Last year?s winner was homeschooler Evan O?Dorney, 13, of