Friday, November 7, 2008

CBS News Sunday Morning: For The Troops


Friday, Nov. 7, 2008  

This Tuesday marks the 90th anniversary of Armistice Day, the day World War I came to an end at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

After World War II, the 11th day of November became the Veterans Day holiday we celebrate now -- a day to remember all those who served their country in the Armed Forces of the United States.   


With so much going on in our lives these days, it sometimes is easy to forget the sacrifices of those veterans. But as Seth Doane reports in our Sunday Morning cover story, one man has made it a point to show his gratitude for their forbearance. His name is Sheldon Adelson and for the past few years he’s given wounded veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan some much needed R&R; an all-expense-paid vacation to America’s desert playground, Las Vegas.


If there’s anyone who’d be able to fit right in on the fast paced, glitzy and glamorous Vegas strip it would be agent 007, James Bond. Believe or not, the James Bond series of films has been around for almost half a century. Correspondent Anthony Mason will look back at the Bond years and the man who created the fictional secret agent, author and one-time spy, Ian Fleming.


No one would argue that having James Bond as an ally is a distinct plus when taking on a diabolical foe. But almost 200 years ago, Bond, a member of His Majesty’s secret service, would have been fighting for the other side in the War of 1812. It’s the war that made a hero of Gen. Andrew Jackson, who defeated the British at the battle of New Orleans. His later rise to the White House would transform the American presidency. Correspondent Susan Spencer speaks with Newsweek editor and historian Jon Meacham about the legacy of “Old Hickory,” President Andrew Jackson.


The War of 1812 was the last time the British military invaded the U.S., but we have encountered other, more benign invasions since then. In 1964, it was “Beatlemania” and now on Broadway it’s “Billy Elliot,” Sir Elton John’s latest hit. CBS Evening News Anchor Katie Couric talks with Sir Elton about his passionate interest in bringing the musical to the stage in both London and New York.


Plus, there is more to being Italian than spicy meatballs. How about Bocce balls? Bill Geist reports from New York’s Staten Island on Bocce, a sport where rolling, heaving and finessing are all part of the game and bickering, smoking and drinking are practiced to perfection.


Those stories and more… this Sunday Morning.

Listen for the trumpet.


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