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Sunday, May 30 at 8 p.m. – National Memorial Day Concert

(Rochester, NY) For more than 20 years, with the annual broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert, PBS has been proud to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The multi award-winning event, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, will be co-hosted for the fifth year by Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (“CSI: New York”) and Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”), two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans’ causes and supporting our troops in active service. The 21st annual broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert will air live in HD Sunday, May 30 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable1011 and 11) 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. 

Joining co-hosts Sinise and Mantegna will be an all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors and musical artists that to date includes distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning country music artist Brad Paisley; classical crossover artist Katherine Jenkins; and three-time Tony-nominated Broadway star Kelli O’Hara in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra (additional talent to be announced). 

The evening, which has become an American tradition, offers viewers a time to remember, to heal and bring our country together. The 2010 event will focus on three main themes:

  • The concert will honor the sacrifices, suffering and love of a new generation of young military widows whose fallen spouses served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • On the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, the broadcast pays tribute to the heroic service of the soldiers who fought and perished in this “forgotten war.”
  • The concert will also pay homage to the more than 125,000 WWI and WWII service members who did not come home but rest in 24 military cemeteries in the foreign lands where they fought for liberty.

The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff will also participate in the event, along 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 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.  

Pictured: The National Symphony Orchestra before a crowd of thousands attending the National Memorial Day concert at the U.S. Capitol.
Credit: Capital Concerts




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