Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the National Memorial Day Concert (PHOTOS)
It’s almost Memorial Day and one of the events that’s served as a staple of honoring our servicemen and women is the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington DC.
The annual show comes to viewers live from the U.S. Capital and airs on PBS and the American Forces Network. The concert will also stream live on Facebook, YouTube, and PBS.org and will be available on demand May 26 through June 9.
Hosted this year by Joe Mantegna (who has co-hosted the show for over a decade with Gary Sinise) and Mary McCormack (who has appeared on the 2016 and 2017 shows), the show features tributes and music from some of the biggest names in music, stage, film and television. Over the years, the show has featured guests like Allison Janney, Tom Hanks, The Beach Boys, Colin Powell, John Glenn, George Clooney, Megan Hilty, Rita Moreno, James Earl Jones, Burt Reynolds, Katie Holmes, Walter Cronkite, Renee Fleming, Gladys Knight, Kathy Bates, B.B. King, Kristin Chenowith, Lionel Richie, Richard Dreyfuss, Idina Menzel and CeCe Winans.
Click through the gallery above for a look back at some of the touching moments from the past 30 years.
The National Memorial Day Concert in Washington DC airs on May 26 at 8/7c on PBS and the American Forces Network. The concert will also stream live on Facebook, YouTube, and PBS.org and will be available on demand May 26–June 9.