A New Television Tradition

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the traditional American Valor: A Salute to Our Heroes gala is unable to take place in 2020.  However, the show WILL go on, in the form of a completely new television special airing to more than 100 million homes across the nation, American Valor: We Stand Together.  As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II – and confront the greatest challenge to our nation since – American Valor: We Stand Together will spotlight the stories that continue to bind us together as a people.

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The AVC’s Emmy-winning program shares the stories of America’s greatest heroes from World War II to the present day. Narrated by celebrities and noted Americans, these are the stories that inspire and unite us, reminding us of who we are at our very best.

Meet our country’s greatest heroes on a journey through our military’s history in American Valor: We Stand Together.

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Heroes of American Valor: We Stand Together:

A Tribute to the ‘Greatest Generation’

A grand recognition of the men and women who fought and won World War II, featuring surviving heroes in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the end of the war.
Introduced by
Story narrated by

‘The Candy Bomber’, Col. Gail Halvorsen

World War II bomber pilot who gained acclaim during the Berlin Airlift of 1948, dropping candy and chocolate bars to children trapped behind the Soviet blockade.
Introduced by
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The ‘Tuskegee Top Guns’

In a story largely lost to history, a team of four Tuskegee Airmen – the first African American pilots in U.S. military history – won the first ‘Top Gun’ style competition in 1949.  Today, two pilots survive: Lt. Colonel James Harvey and Lt. Col. Harry Stewart.
Story narrated by

Hiroshi ‘Hershey’ Miyamura

Veteran of the famed all-Japanese American 442nd Regimental Combat Team in World War II, awarded the military’s highest honor – the Medal of Honor – after serving 28 months as a prisoner of war in the Korean War.
Introduced by
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Sergeant First Class Melvin Morris

Army Green Beret who served with distinction in the Vietnam War. Decades later, the Pentagon ordered a review of 6,500 actions to determine whether awards for valor had been passed over due to racial or ethnic discrimination. Following that review, 24 men were deemed to have been worthy of receiving the Medal of Honor, including SFC Morris. Today, he is the only living African American veteran of the ‘Valor 24.’
Introduced by TRACE ADKINS Story narrated by TRACY MORGAN

Major Katie Cook

Marine Corps combat pilot and the first female pilot to fly for the famed Blue Angels.
Introduced by
Story narrated by

Staff Sergeant David Bellavia

More than 1 million Americans served in Iraq.  One living veteran carries the military’s highest award – the Medal of Honor: David Bellavia.
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Story narrated by

Honoring the Heroes of Today’s Fight

A salute to the doctors, nurses, and every day men and women on the front lines of today’s fight against COVID-19.

A Toast To Colonel Ed Shames

The last surviving officer of the ‘Band of Brothers,’ the famed paratroopers from E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. In 1945, Shames took from Adolf Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest a bottle of cognac, labeled ‘For the Führer’s Use Only.’ Years later, he opened it to celebrate his son’s bar mitzvah.
Introduced by DENNIS QUAID
Story narrated by ED HARRIS

Hosted By

Terry Crews

With Musical Performances By

Zac Brown Band

Rita Wilson

The United States Air Force Band

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