Honoring our American Heroes, "National Memorial Day Concert" airs Live from the U.S. Capitol

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22 May 2015
National Memorial Day Concert
Credit: Capital Concerts/PBS
Sunday, May 24, 2015, 8:00-9:30 p.m. ET on PBS
 Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise Mark 10th Anniversary
Co-Hosting the Night of Remembrance
All-Star Line-Up Includes General Colin Powell, Gloria Estefan,
Laurence Fishburne, Katherine Jenkins and Laura Benenti
Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Laurence Fishburne
Photo courtesy of PBS
          Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne, Tony Award-winning actress and singer Laura Benanti, actor/producer/director Esai Morales and actor/musician Jason Dolley have joined an all-star line-up for the multi award-winning NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, Sunday, May 24, 2015, 8:00-9:30 p.m. ET on PBS.
          Co-hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise, the inspiring night of remembrance is dedicated to our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. In what has become an annual tradition, the newly crowned winner of “American Idol” will perform the National Anthem to open the 26th annual live concert event. The winner will be announced on the “American Idol” Season 14 finale on May 13.
         The previously announced all-star line-up includes distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); seven-time Grammy Award-winner and international superstar Gloria Estefan; “The Voice” season five winner Tessanne Chin; acclaimed film and television actress Stefanie Scott (Insidious: Chapter 3; Jem and the Holograms); the world’s most prolific classical cross-over star Katherine Jenkins; and renowned tenor Russell Watson in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. The broadcast airs live on PBS 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 NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (2015) will showcase our courageous American heroes who have been disabled for life; shine a spotlight on Gold Star Children who have lost a parent to war; and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
        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, DC.  

National Memorial Day Concert
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise mark their 10th anniversary co-hosting this concert.
Credit: Capital Concerts/PBS
          The 2015 NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will feature the following segments:
  •   •  There are more than four million disabled American veterans, a visible reminder of the toll of America’s wars through the decades. A new national memorial in Washington, DC, to pay tribute to these courageous American heroes disabled for life, was dedicated in October 2014. The concert will feature the poignant stories of two veterans from different eras severely injured in war and living with life-altering disabilities.
   •  Through the eyes of Gold Star Children, those who have lost a parent to war, we learn how their lives are changed forever.
   •  As the world commemorates the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the deadliest war in human history, we honor the sacrifices of America’s “Greatest Generation” and remember the estimated 60 million men, women and children worldwide whose lives were brutally ended in the conflict. 
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