Next Episode of National Memorial Day Concert is
Season 1 / Episode 30 and airs on 27 May 2019 00:00
The National Memorial Day Concert features uplifting musical performances, documentary footage, and dramatic readings that honor the military service of all our men and women in uniform and their families at home. One of PBS' highest-rated programs, featuring an all-star lineup, the multi-award-winning television event has become an American tradition.The concert unites the country in remembrance and appreciation of those who gave their lives for our nation and serves those who are grieving through the mission put forward by Abraham Lincoln in his second inaugural address, "Let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan."The National Memorial Day Concert airs live from the U.S. Capitol to an audience of hundreds of thousands, millions at home, and American troops around the world.
On the eve of Memorial Day, a star-studded lineup will grace the stage for one of PBS' highest-rated programs. For over 25 years, this multiple-award-winning television event has honored the military service and sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform, their families at home, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The program will be hosted by Tony Award winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award winner Gary Sinise.
The annual concert honoring the U.S. military features performances by Auli'i Cravalho, Renée Fleming, Vanessa Williams, Scotty McCreery, John Ondrasik, Ronan Tynan and Russell Watson; Gary Sinise leads a tribute to World War II's Doolittle Raiders. Hosted by actors Joe Mantegna and Laurence Fishburne.
On the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, the 2018 concert will share the story of Korean War veterans Joe Annewllo and Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura – dear friends now for 68 years – who helped each other survive deadly combat during the Korean War, endured the unimaginable as POWs and became American heroes. To mark the 70th anniversary of the Women's Armed Services Integration Act, the concert will also pay tribute to the contributions of women in our military throughout history, including the story of Silver Star recipient Leigh Ann Hester, the 1st woman to receive the Silver Star for combat. In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Khe Sanh, the show will feature the story of Bill Rider, who was part of the Marine battalion known as "The Walking Dead." As a part of the healing process, Bill found a way to pay it forward by dedicating his life to helping generations of service men and women who have experienced the trauma of war.
The all-star line-up also features distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) and performances by Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actress Allison Janney; three-time Grammy Award nominee Leona Lewis; Academy Award nominated actor Graham Greene; Tony-nominated actress Mary McCormack; Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-nominated actor John Corbett; film and television actor Brian Tee; actor and country singer Charles Esten; Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Cynthia Erivo; Tony-nominee Megan Hilty; acclaimed tenor and Broadway star Alfie Boe; and Gary Sinise & The Lt. Dan Band, marking 15 years and over 400 concerts entertaining our troops, veterans and military families; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestraunder the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. "The Voice" Season 14 finalist Spensha Baker will open the show with a special performance of the national anthem. The program will be hosted by Tony Award winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award winner Gary Sinise.
Also participating in the event are the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Chorus and Army Voices, The Soldiers' Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, The Armed Forces Color Guard and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.
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