Sunday, May 27 at 8 p.m. – The National Memorial Day Concert 2012
(Rochester, NY) – Join Gary Sinise (“CSI: New York”) and Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”) in honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families and all those who have given their lives for our country. The night of remembrance will feature an all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors and musical artists in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra. The 23rd annual broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, and to our troops around the world on the American Forces Network. The concert will air Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).
The concert will feature riveting performances from some of the world’s biggest stars. In addition, acclaimed actors will present personal stories of love and sacrifice submitted by viewers through the concert’s “Virtual Wall of Remembrance” Featured stories in the 2012 National Memorial Day Concert will include:
- A heartfelt welcome home to our troops who have been serving in Iraq and Afghanistan;
- The poignant story of a young widow who lost her husband in Afghanistan;
- A segment profiling the heroic and brave efforts of veterans from all wars; and
- A closer look at the plight of homeless American veterans.
“Each year on the eve of Memorial Day, we gather at the U.S. Capitol to share the real stories of fallen and wounded heroes, their families and their combat buddies as a way to remember, to grieve and begin to heal,” said concert co-host Joe Mantegna. “Every one of your stories of remembrance is important to us. We are honored to be able to share these moving tributes from our loyal viewers as we remember the sacrifices made by so many to preserve our freedoms.”
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.
Credit: Courtesy of Capital Concerts
Pictured: Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna ("Criminal Minds") and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise ("CSI: New York")
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