Love, Sacrifice and Things Everyone Should Do this weekend

Phil Briggs
May 24, 2019 - 3:47 pm

On this episode of VetStory we'll introduce you to three incredible Americans who will teach us how to do Memorial Day right. 

Our first two guests are being honored during the PBS National Memorial Day Concert, live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

Gold Star Wife, Ursula Palmer shares a love story that ended far too soon. 


Her late husband SFC Collin Bowen was weeks away from returning home to her and their 3-year-old daughter, Gabriela, when he volunteered for one last mission. Despite the superstition, many service members feel about taking risks right before their tours are over, Collin chose to protect his fellow soldiers because he knew the terrain so much better. Before he left, he charged up his phone and told his wife that every day he would call so she would know he was okay. He kept that promise until January 1, 2008, when Ursula didn’t hear from him. She soon would get the call informing her that he was severely injured and would eventually be by his side for his final days.

Ursula shares the inspiring story of how she was able to find strength, rebuild, and help others. 

Today she empowers other Gold Star families through her work with the Gold Star Wives of America, The Snowball Express and helps veterans rediscover joy through golf with Links to Freedom.

Our second guest, Army veteran Ray Lambert shares an epic story about the sacrifices he witnessed on D-Day.


As part of the first wave onto shore, Lambert quickly established a treatment area, saving soldiers, dragging them to safety and comforting the dying as best he could, even while being shot twice himself. He continued his efforts before being seriously wounded. Lambert’s story honors every man who landed on the beaches of Normandy that day.

Gold Star Wife and author Joanne Steen shares insight from her new book, We Regret to Inform You; A Survival Guide for Gold Star Parents and Those Who Support Them.

More than just reminding us about this weekend's importance, Steen suggests ways everyone can keep the true spirit of Memorial Day alive whether it's at a public event or a backyard BBQ.

The National Memorial Day Concert airs live on PBS stations, Sunday, May 26, 2019, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Hosted by Joe Mantegna and Mary McCormack it features General Colin Powell and performances by Sam Elliott, Patti LaBelle, Gavin DeGraw, Dennis Haysbert, Alison Krauss, Christopher Jackson, Amber Riley, Justin Moore, Jaina Lee Ortiz, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

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