Holiday Salute

About the Holiday Salute

Each year, 13News Now is proud to present our special program "Holiday Salute: A Tribute to Our Armed Forces". The project began in 1986, and has taken 13 News Now crews to destinations well familiar to U.S. military personnel such as Haifa, Israel and, Bahrain, Sigonella, Sicillly and Rome, Italy. The idea was and is, to bridge the miles between the forward-deployed troops and their loved ones back on the home front.

“Holiday Salute,” is the brainchild of WVEC anchor and reporter Joe Flanagan, from when the program was initially called, “Navy Christmas.” He has gone forward with the troops numerous times since the first show back in 1986. Perhaps one of his most memorable moments came when he tagged along with a group of Norfolk-based sailors one year as they attended Midnight Mass at the Vatican with Pope John Paul II. Joe has hosted the show every year since its inception. He returns for another tour of duty this year, along with 13News Now Military Reporter Mike Gooding, and anchors Vanessa Coria and Sandra Parker.

Tune in to WVEC 13 News on the following dates to watch the Holiday Salute!

Air Dates and Times:

Saturday, Dec. 21st 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 22nd 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 24th 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 25th 4:30 a.m.

Click the video above to watch the 2012 "Holiday Salute".

Holiday Salute is brought to you by ABC 13 and the following sponsors:

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