Washington, DC, May 22, 2023 – PBS’ NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, America’s national night of remembrance, returns live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise, acclaimed actors who are dedicated to veterans’ causes and supporting our troops in active service. A more than three decades long tradition unlike anything else on television, the 90-minute broadcast honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, military families and all those who have given their lives for our country takes us back to the real meaning of the holiday through personal stories and tributes interwoven with musical performances. The 34th annual NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will air on PBS and stream on www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert and YouTube on Sunday, May 28, 2023 at 8:00 p.m. E.T.
This production is signatory with the WGA under the public television agreement, which continues in effect. Therefore, the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT on PBS is not affected by the WGA strike on commercial film and television, and will once again pay tribute to all of our American heroes this year as it has for over three decades.
“We are proud to continue this national tradition on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol that brings us together as one family of Americans to support our heroes and remember the more than one million Americans who have given their lives for our country since the dawn of the republic,” said Executive Producer Michael Colbert, Capital Concerts.
PBS’s “National Memorial Day Concert” airs on PBS and streams on YouTube Sunday, May 28 2023 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise host an all-star salute to our American heroes Sunday, May 28 on PBS.
The concert will remember our fallen heroes and the Gold Star families who carry forever the pain of having lost their loved ones.
America’s national night of remembrance returns live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise.
Fifty years after their release, the concert will remember American POWs of the Vietnam War who endured unfathomable conditions, abuse, and torture.
PBS’ NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, America’s national night of remembrance, returns live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise.
Join us to pay tribute to the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. Tune in to the National Memorial Day Concert, Sunday May 28 at 8/7c, only on PBS. Tweet
The 2023 NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will feature the following segments:
The deeply moving and reverential night will also feature performances by: multi-platinum entertainer and TV/film actor Trace Adkins; electrifying husband-and-wife duo, Iraq War Army veteran Michael Trotter, Jr. and Tonya Trotter: The War And Treaty; five-time Grammy Award-winning Gospel legend Yolanda Adams; Grammy Award-nominated and CMA and ACM Award-winning country music star Jo Dee Messina; multi-platinum singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips; and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.
In tribute to all the members of our armed forces, the annual audience favorite Salute to Services features the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Service Color Teams. Also participating are members from 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 Band Sea Chanters, The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, and the Armed Forces Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.
The NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT airs on PBS Sunday, May 28, 2023, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. E.T., as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The concert will also be streaming on www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert and YouTube and available as Video on Demand, May 28 to June 11, 2023.
The NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT is pleased to welcome Lockheed Martin as lead corporate sponsor. Lockheed Martin’s commitment to the military and veteran community begins with the veterans, National Guard and Reservists, and military spouses that comprise about one-fifth of its 116,000 employees. Lockheed Martin’s exclusive Handshake 2 Hire veteran recruiting program helps transitioning and recently separated military veterans with resources to successfully enter the civilian workforce.
The NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT welcomes back the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans as lead underwriter, a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and ensuring the American dream for future generations through one of the nation’s largest privately-funded, need-based scholarship programs. By 2024, the 40th Anniversary of its scholarship fund, the Horatio Alger Association will have awarded $262 million in scholarships to over 37,000 students.
The concert is also made possible by grants from: the National Park Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Department of the Army, General Dynamics, PBS and public television stations nationwide. Air travel is provided by American Airlines.
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