Actor Gary Sinise and Tony Award-Winner Joe Mantegna to Host National Memorial Day Concert
By Movieguide® Staff
Emmy Award-winning actor Gary Sinise, known for his role in I STILL BELIEVE, is teaming up with Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna to host the 32nd annual NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT.
The 90-minute event is set to feature a world-renowned lineup of performers to tribute the men and women and their families who sacrificed for America. Due to the pandemic, PBS will air a pre-taped concert instead of an in-person event on the front lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
“A three decades-long tradition unlike anything else on television, this deeply moving and reverential night takes us back to the real meaning of the holiday through personal stories interwoven with musical performances by the National Symphony Orchestra and guest artists,” Capitol Concerts said in a release.
Capitol Concerts reported the lineup of stories:
Vietnam Nurses Tribute – performed by Emmy Award-winning actress Kathy Baker (PICKET FENCES). The concert will honor the more than 265,000 women who served during the Vietnam War era and pay special tribute to the sacrifice and heroism of the nurses who served in Vietnam, saving thousands of lives and comforting the dying in their final moments. The experiences of Diane Carlson Evans, founder of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., will be shared.
70th Anniversary of the Korean War – portrayed by Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Morton (SCANDAL). Now, seventy years after the Korean War, the concert will pay tribute to the more than 1.7 million Americans sent to fight in this brutal conflict, and the over 36,000 American lives lost. No group exemplified the courage and heroism of our fighting forces more than the 2nd Ranger Infantry Company. Taking on dangerous assignments, serving with distinction and honor, this elite Airborne unit was the Army’s only all-black Ranger Infantry Company. On the cusp of our military’s integration, these trailblazing heroes changed attitudes, and opened possibilities for all African American men and women in uniform.
20th Anniversary of 9/11 and Gold Star Families – featuring Emmy Award-winning actor Steve Buscemi (BOARDWALK EMPIRE), acclaimed actresses Mary McCormack (WEST WING) and Bailee Madison (A WEEK AWAY). This Memorial Day, in a segment hosted by Steve Buscemi, the concert will commemorate the 20 years since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, remembering all those who died that tragic day and in the twenty years since in service to our nation. It was a pivotal time for the country, and many Americans were inspired to join our all-volunteer armed forces. The concert will honor these service members and their families affected by a generation at war and share the poignant story of one Gold Star Family.
Other appearances include General Colin L. Powell, Grammy Award-winner Gladys Knight, iconic country artist Vince Gill, actor and singer Sara Bareilles, award-winning country artist Alan Jackson, Denyce Graves and many more.
Audiences can tune in to the event on May 30, at 8 p.m. ET on PBS. You can also find the event streaming on Facebook and YouTube.