The TV special is a collection of dozens of stories about American heroes from military history told by celebrities like Bradley Cooper, Tom Cruise, Gayle King, Edward Norton, Sarah Paulson, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt and Hilary Swank , among others.
Presented by Northrop Grumman and Veterans United Home Loans, the program is expected to be syndicated nationally to more than 100 million homes and broadcast to U.S. troops around the world and at sea, “Variety” reports. The live event was filmed on November 5 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.
“We are honored to bring these stories to Americans across the country,” said “American Valor” producer Tim Holbert, who is also executive director of the American Veterans Center.
“It’s a gathering of our shared history, one we’ll never see again and a reminder of what brings us all together as Americans.”
Highlighted stories include heartbreaking tales like that of Lt. Emily J.T. Perez, the first minority female brigade command sergeant major in the history of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the first African female officer. American to be killed in action. Emily’s parents, Daniel and Vicki Perez, were present at the event in her honor.
The veterans whose legacies are highlighted cover the past 80 years of history, dating back to World War II. Frank Emond, now 104, was among those honoured, as he consistently broke the Guinness World Record as the ‘world’s oldest bandleader’ at the helm of the US Air Force Band .
The retired Navy musician survived Pearl Harbor and World War II and has since devoted the rest of his life to the prestigious ensemble.