There are many ways to commemorate the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice this Memorial Day.
One way is to enjoy the National Memorial Day Concert, an all-star musical tribute from Washington DC on Sunday, May 30 from 8-9:30 PM (ET) featuring Vince Gill, the Four Tops, Alan Jackson, Gladys Knight and more.
“A three decades-long tradition unlike anything else on television, this deeply moving and reverential night takes us back to the real meaning of the holiday through personal stories interwoven with musical performances by the National Symphony Orchestra and guest artists,” according to the National Memorial Day Concert website.
Hosted by actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, the traditional live concert on the White House lawn has been canceled due to COVID in favor of the 90-minute livestream.
The show airs on PBS on May 30 from 8-9:30 PM (ET), as well as to troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The concert will also be streaming on Facebook, YouTube and www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert and available as Video on Demand, May 30 to June 13.
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America’s national night of remembrance features: General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret); seven-time Grammy Award-winner Gladys Knight; 22-time Grammy Award-winner Vince Gill; Grammy Award-winner, multi-platinum selling country music icon and Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winner Alan Jackson; Emmy and Grammy Award-winning international mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves; Motown legends and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Tops; Broadway, film and television star Brian d’Arcy James; the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly; a new special edition of annual audience favorite Salute to Services with the Joint Chiefs of Staff from the Pentagon. Country Grammy-nominee Mickey Guyton will open the show with a special performance of the national anthem.
Also participating are members from The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Voices and Army Chorus, The Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.
Here are some other highlights from The National Memorial Day Concert:
Vietnam Nurses Tribute. (performed by actress Kathy Baker). This concert will honor the more than 265,000 women who served during the Vietnam War era and pay special tribute to the sacrifice and heroism of the nurses who served in Vietnam, saving thousands of lives and comforting the dying in their final moments. The experiences of Diane Carlson Evans, founder of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be shared.
70th Anniversary of the Korean War (portrayed by actor Joe Morton).Now, seventy years after the Korean War, the concert will pay tribute to the more than 1.7 million Americans sent to fight in this brutal conflict, and the over 36,000 American lives lost. No group exemplified the courage and heroism of our fighting forces more than the 2nd Ranger Infantry Company. Taking on dangerous assignments, serving with distinction and honor, this elite Airborne unit was the Army’s only all-black Ranger Infantry Company. On the cusp of our military’s integration, these trailblazing heroes changed attitudes, and opened possibilities for all African American men and women in uniform.
20th Anniversary of 9/11 and Gold Star Families (featuring actor Steve Buscemi, Mary McCormack and Bailee Madison). This segment will commemorate the 20 years since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, remembering all those who died that tragic day and in the twenty years since in service to our nation. It was a pivotal time for the country, and many Americans were inspired to join our all-volunteer armed forces. The concert will honor these service members and their families affected by a generation at war and share the poignant story of one Gold Star Family.
Source: PR Newswire
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