National Symphony Orchestra: National Memorial Day Concert

Sunday, May 25, 2014, 8:00 PM

An American tradition honoring our men and women in uniform and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, the National Memorial Day Concert will be hosted for the ninth year by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise.


US Capitol Building - West Lawn

Run Time:

Approx. 90 minutes

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National Memorial Day Concert
An American Tradition on PBS for 25 Years
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise Honor our Heroes May 25 with General Colin Powell, Dianne Wiest, Danielle Bradbery, Jennifer Nettles, Megan Hilty, Jackie Evancho, Doc Severinsen, Anthony Kearns, and the season 13 winner of "American Idol"

National Symphony Orchestra
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
Sunday, May 25, 2014, 8 p.m. (Gates open at 5 p.m.)
Free event, no tickets required.
Free rehearsal on Sat., May 24 at 8 p.m.

Note: No alcohol permitted.

PBS's National Memorial Day Concert, the iconic event that has become a national tradition, will mark its 25th anniversary with a special tribute to our men and women in uniform, their families at home, and all those who have given their lives for our country. Live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the inspiring night of remembrance will offer veterans from Afghanistan the grateful thanks of our nation, commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II's D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy, and look back at the stories of service and sacrifice featured throughout the years during the annual concert.

The concert will be co-hosted for the ninth year by Tony Award winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award winner Gary Sinise, acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans' causes and supporting our troops in active service. They will be joined by an all-star line-up including distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.), two-time Academy and Emmy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest, country music sensation and The Voice 2013 winner Danielle Bradbery, Grammy Award-winning country music star Jennifer Nettles, Broadway and television star Megan Hilty, musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho, Grammy Award-winning music and television legend Doc Severinsen, world-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns, and the season 13 winner of "American Idol" in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly, with additional artists to be announced. The multi-award-winning program airs on PBS Sunday, May 25, 2014, from 8 to 9:30 p.m., before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.

The 2014 concert will feature the following segments:

  • As the war in Afghanistan winds down, the program will recognize our service men and women with a special "Welcome Home" to thank veterans who served in Afghanistan, including a musical salute and featuring a story about a critically wounded veteran suffering from severe physical injuries and the grave invisible wounds of war.
  • The story of a mother coping with grief after the death of her son, the first to die in Afghanistan.  His service inspired her to become actively involved with Gold Star Mothers. Now she is helping other mothers with their loss, grief and healing as they move forward with their lives.
  • The 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of the Normandy beaches of France will be commemorated in 2014, a seminal moment that turned the tides of war in favor of the Allies.  World War II veterans who participated in the D-Day invasion will be honored and featured in this tribute to the sacrifices of our nation's Greatest Generation.
  • The concert will mark its 25th anniversary in 2014 with a reflection of the many stories of service and sacrifice featured throughout the years that have brought us together as one family of Americans to pay tribute to those who defend our freedom.
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. 

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