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Rebroadcast of Ceremonies Honoring World War II Veterans

Montgomery County’s public cable television stations will be rebroadcasting the ceremony at which Montgomery County honored more than 175 veterans of World War II. The ceremonies were originally broadcast live over the channels of the PEG (public / education / government) stations on September 19 from the Silver Spring Civic Building.

Veterans ranging in age from 86 to 105 and having experiences from some of the most historic events of the past century were among the 500 people in the capacity crowd in downtown Silver Spring for Montgomery County Honors World War II Veterans. The event is believed to have been the biggest Washington area tribute to World War II veterans since the opening of the National World War II Memorial opened in Washington, D.C., in 2004.

Ted Koppel, who for 25 years hosted the ABC News show Nightline and now is a reporting contributor to the NBC News primetime newsmagazine Rock Center with Brian Williams, was the event’s host. He offered memories of growing up in England while U.S. troops were patrolling the streets of his neighborhood during the war. County Executive Isiah Leggett and Council President Roger Berliner and the County Council led the special ceremonies.
Other speakers included Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, County Councilmember Valerie Ervin, Bill Gray of the County’s Commission on Veterans Affairs and Merlyn Reineke of the PEG organization. Three veterans—Demetri (Dee) Paris, Albert Frumkin and Boris Osheroff—had full attention in recalling their war experiences and how those experiences affected their lives since.
The program, which runs for one hour, 45 minutes, can be seen as follows;

  • Friday, Sept. 28. 9 p.m. Montgomery Community Media (Channel 21 on Comcast, Verizon and RCN)
  • Friday, Sept. 28. 7:30 p.m. Montgomery College TV (Channel 10 on Comcast, Verizon and RCN)
  • Saturday, Sept. 29. 12 noon. Montgomery Community Media (Channel 21 on Comcast, Verizon and RCN)
  • Saturday, Sept. 29. 9:30 a.m. County Cable Montgomery (Channel 6 on Comcast and RCN, Channel 30 on Verizon)
  • Saturday, Sept. 29. 9 p.m. Montgomery College TV (Channel 10 on Comcast, Verizon and RCN)
  • Monday, Oct. 1. 9:30 p.m. Montgomery Community Media (Channel 21 on Comcast, Verizon and RCN)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 3. 2 p.m. Montgomery Community Media (Channel 21 on Comcast, Verizon and RCN)

On Veterans Day, many of the channels that compose the PEG organization (which includes County Cable Montgomery, Montgomery Community Media, Montgomery College Television, Montgomery County Public Schools TV and Rockville 11) will show continuous extended interviews of many of the veterans who attended the Sept. 19 event and interviews of other veterans who could not attend. (See schedule above.) On Memorial Day 2013, a one-hour documentary about the county’s World War II veterans will debut.

Here are some more extra video clips from the event.

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