The National Memorial Day Concert is making final touches as the annual broadcast from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol will be aired to remember the service members on Memorial Day. In 2014, the honor of moment includes two different tributes during the show. This year the program will include a special segment commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day. According to USA Today on Friday, the event will also reflect on the 25th anniversary of honoring American veterans with the program.
Airing on PBS, the show is co-hosted by two famous individuals who are known for their support to American troops. Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise are once again co-hosting the American tradition. The 2014 National Memorial Day Concert is honoring the military service which includes the sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform, their families at home who wait for their return, and those individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
This year the concert has some great voices that are slated to perform. The “American Idol” winner Caleb Johnson, is set to open the program with a performance of the national anthem. Also expected to hit the stage is Jennifer Nettles, Dianne Wiest, Danielle Bradbery, Megan Hilty, Jackie Evancho, Anthony Kearns and Gerald McRaney, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra. The concert is expected to share plenty of patriotic songs for the viewers to enjoy.
For fans in America, the concert is broadcast live on PBS. It can also be seen on the American Forces Network. The program will be seen by nearly one million American service members, Department of Defense civilians and their families, stationed at bases in 175 countries, as well as 140 U.S. Navy ships at sea. For locals in the Washington area, the tickets offered give a live look at the annual concert.
As Americans look to take a long weekend to spend time with friends and family, many will take time to reflect the sacrifices made by the military service.