National Memorial Day Concert National Symphony Orchestra West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Sunday, May 26, 2013, 8 p.m. (Gates open at 5 p.m.)
An American tradition honoring our men and women in uniform, their families at home, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, the National Memorial Day Concertwill be hosted for the eighth year by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise. Opening the show, with a special performance of the National Anthem, is Candice Glover, the season 12 winner of American Idol. They will be joined by an all-star line-up including Colin L. Powell (USA Ret.), two-time Golden Globe–winning actor Ed Harris; Dancing with the Stars finalist and classical cross-over artist Katherine Jenkins; singer-songwriter and The Voice finalist Chris Mann; acclaimed Tony Award–winning tenor Alfie Boe, and others. Conductor Jack Everly will lead the National Symphony Orchestra.
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, 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.