Historical Recreations | Shows & Films | WVIA
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Historical Recreations | Watch the history of military service unfold through this special collection of documentaries and programs that reenact stories of courage, sacrifice and service among our nation's military over the decades. Select a film to start watching. And be sure to come back to check out new additions to this rotating collection. 

Dive teams, submersibles, and robots explore a massive underwater WWII archeological site.
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D-Day 360
D-Day 360

D-Day 360

Take advantage of LiDAR imaging technology to re-create the landscape of D-Day.

D-Day Sunken Secrets
NOVA

D-Day Sunken Secrets

Dive teams, submersibles, and robots explore a massive underwater WWII archeological site.

3D Spies of WWII
NOVA

3D Spies of WWII

How the Allies used special aerial photos to deal a dire blow to the Nazi rocket program.

The War of 1812
The War of 1812

The War of 1812

Relive the conflict that forged the destiny of a continent in The War of 1812.

Death and the Civil War
American Experience

Death and the Civil War

How the U.S. dealt with the unprecedented and overwhelming number of dead during the war.

The Civil War
The Civil War

The Civil War

The story of how Americans fought each other in a struggle over the meaning of freedom.

The War
The War

The War

The story of the World War II through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women.

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Stories of Courage. Stories of Sacrifice. Stories of Service

PBS has joined efforts with trusted public media partners to bring you Stories of Service, a multi-platform initiative that unites powerful stories and conversations around one of our country’s most resilient communities: our military veterans.

As part of PBS’ commitment to sharing stories important to our communities and our world, Stories of Service will connect programming and online initiatives tied to military service across public media. PBS viewers will be able to hear the stories and experiences of veterans as told through PBS’ extensive pipeline of documentaries and specials, and through original digital content coming directly from PBS member stations. Programming highlights include: 

  • Coming Back with Wes Moore
  • National Memorial Day Concert 
  • D-Day 360

“All of the programs under the Stories of Service banner tell compelling stories of those who have served and provide a deeper understanding of our nation’s military history, said Beth Hoppe, PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming. “As America’s storyteller, PBS is dedicated to informing the public about important issues that touch all communities. Through our programming and online presence, we hope to engage veterans and their families across the nation in sharing their important experiences and informing the broader public about what it takes to serve.”

WVIA Productions
Gino Merli: The Healing Hero

Gino Merli: The Healing Hero

Gino Merli and the story of his extraordinary heroism

War Stories - Pat Solano

War Stories - Pat Solano

War Stories - Pat Solano

War Stories - Alvin "Buddy" Rothstein

War Stories - Alvin "Buddy" Rothstein

War Stories - Alvin "Buddy" Rothstein

War Stories - William T. Cullen Jr.

War Stories - William T. Cullen Jr.

War Stories - William T. Cullen Jr.