"Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" aren't playing around when it comes to Veterans Day.
The game shows, in cooperation with the veterans' support campaign Got Your 6, are using this week's episodes to spotlight those who have served.
On "Wheel of Fortune," all of the contestants have been in a branch of the U.S. military. Host Pat Sajak, an Army veteran, joined with other vets and show presenter Vanna White to tape a series of public service announcements. The PSAs that will air during "Wheel of Fortune."
Sajak — who joined the Army in 1968 and served for three years, including a 18-month stint in Saigon that he said was largely spent as a U.S. Armed Forces radio DJ — said he's thrilled to "honor others who have served their country." "Particularly in this all-volunteer era, it's easy to forget about the sacrifices made by them and their families," he said.
On the "Jeopardy" episode airing Wednesday, Veterans Day, "Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet will present a veterans-related category for the quiz show's contestants.
Sajak and "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek, who has participated in more than a dozen USO trips over the years, also taped a PSA for Got Your 6 "Storytellers" events, one held in New York last week and one set for Tuesday in Los Angeles.
A presidential first — a Facebook page
President Obama joined Facebook Monday. "Hello, Facebook! I finally got my very own page," Obama posted. "I hope you'll think of this as a place where we can have real conversations about the most important issues facing our country — a place where you can hear directly from me, and share your own thoughts and stories." More than 45,000 people clicked "like" in the first hour. The White House launched the POTUS Facebook page with a video of Obama giving a tour of his backyard, also a national park, which allowed him to talk about climate change. He announced he will attend the Paris climate summit Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.
return engagement: After issuing an arena-rock-flavored album back in May, it's about time Mumford & Sons got around to booking an arena show in the Twin Cities. The British folk-rock hitmakers will return to Xcel Center on April 21. Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via mumfordandsons.com or the X's box office for $40 and $60. Blake Mills will open. Marcus Mumford and his hard-strumming band swung through the Upper Midwest in June shortly after their rocky, electrified album "Wilder Mind" came out, when they put on one of their Gentlemen of the Road "pop-up festivals" in small-town Waverly, Iowa. Their last time in town was their first time at Xcel Center in 2013, a show that sold out fast.
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