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Memorial Day 2014

Hundred of Thousands of Americans gather to honor Memorial Day
Hundred of Thousands of Americans gather to honor Memorial Day
Courtesy PBS

PBS's National Memorial Day Concert, the iconic event that has become a national tradition, will mark its 25th anniversary with a special tribute to the men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for their country.

The concert will be broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the inspiring night of remembrance will offer veterans from Afghanistan the grateful thanks of our nation, commemorate the 70th anniversary of the invasion on the beaches of Normandy, and look back at the stories of service and sacrifice featured throughout the years during the annual concert.

The National Memorial Day Concert will be co-hosted for the ninth year by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise, acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans' causes and supporting America’s troops in active service.

The concert will open with a special performance of the National Anthem by the newly crowned winner of American Idol Season 13. The all-star line-up also includes: distinguished American General Colin Powell USA (Ret.); Grammy Award-winning country music artist Jennifer Nettles; two-time Academy and Emmy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest; country music sensation Danielle Bradbery; Broadway star Megan Hilty; musical prodigy and classical music star Jackie Evancho; veteran actor Gerald McRaney; and world-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Jack Everly.

The National Memorial Day Concert airs on WETA in DC on Sunday May 25, 2014, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as America’s troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.