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National Memorial Day Concert

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 10:21am -- WCVE

On the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, PBS’ multi- award-winning National Memorial Day Concert returns live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise.

The 29th annual broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert airs live on PBS before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, and, on the American Forces Network, to our troops serving around the world.

Watch National Memorial Day Concert May 27 at 8:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS / WHTJ PBS / WVPT PBS. Check listings for additional air-times.

A 29-year tradition unlike anything else on television, America’s national night of remembrance takes us back to the real meaning of the holiday through personal stories interwoven with musical performances.

The all-star line-up also features distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.) and musical performances by actor and country singer Charles Esten (“Nashville”); Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple); three-time Grammy Award-nominee singer/songwriter Leona Lewis; Tony-nominee and star of NBC’s hit TV show “Smash,” Broadway and TV’s Megan Hilty; acclaimed tenor and Broadway star Alfie Boe (Les Misérables); and Gary Sinise & The Lt. Dan Band, marking 15 years and over 400 concerts entertaining our troops, veterans and military families; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.

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 and Army Voices, 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.