On Sunday, May 27 at 7 p.m. on KTWU-HD, Digital Channel 11.1, join co-hosts Gary Sinise (“CSI: New York”) and Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”) in a night of remembrance featuring an all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors and musical artists in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra for the 2012 NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT.
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 all-star line-up includes distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); the multi-platinum rock band Daughtry; nine-time Grammy award-winner, singer and songwriter Natalie Cole; country music superstar Trace Adkins; acclaimed film and television actress Selma Blair; Emmy, Oscar and Tony Award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn; Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actor and Vietnam veteran Dennis Franz; and renowned tenor Russell Watson in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.
Consistently one of the highest rated programs on PBS over the past decade, last year’s NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT telecast reached more than eight million viewers.
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, DC.