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National Memorial Day Concert Guests Announced

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A star-studded line-up of guests has been announced for the 2016 National Memorial Day Concert, which airs at 8pm and encores at 9:30pm on CET and ThinkTV16.

The guest list includes American leader General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); world-renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning classical superstar Renee Fleming; iconic music legends The Beach Boys; gifted actress and singer Katharine McPhee (Scorpion); country music star and Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry Trace Adkins; Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson (Chicago MedLaw & Order); award-winning actor Esai Morales (Mozart in the Jungle); plus Tony Award-winning international sensation Alfie Boe, who has just joined the Broadway cast of the smash hit Finding Neverland; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. And marking the end of an era, Trent Harmon, the final winner of American Idol, will open the show with a special performance of the National Anthem.

PBS has been presenting the National Memorial Day Concert for more than 25 years. This award-winning broadcast is dedicated to our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. Live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the night of remembrance will honor the more than 400,000 valiant men and women who are laid to rest in the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery and chronicle the experiences of the millions of American veterans who still suffer from seen and unseen wounds of war. 

Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (Criminal Minds: Without Borders) are set to co-host this poignant and heart-warming event for the 11th year. The acclaimed actors, whose dedication to the show is evident, are also longtime supporters of veterans’ causes and our troops in active service. Also participating in the event are the U.S Joint Chiefs of Staff with 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, the Armed Forces Color Guard and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, DC.