The Annual "National Memorial Day Concert" Returns
This Memorial Day weekend, ThinkTV and CET will be bringing viewers an inspiring night of performances and remembrances dedicated to our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The National Memorial Day Concert will be air on CET and ThinkTV16 at 8pm Sunday, May 24, with an encore at 9:30pm, immediately following the initial broadcast.
This award-winning program is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and, for the 10th year in a row, will be hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise. In addition to the performances, this year’s concert also includes stories of courageous American heroes who have been disabled for life, Gold Star Children who have lost a parent to war, and the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
The all-star line-up for this year’s concert includes distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); seven-time Grammy Award-winner and international superstar Gloria Estefan; Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne; Tony Award-winning actress and singer Laura Benanti; actor/producer/director Esai Morales and actor/musician Jason Dolley; The Voice season five winner Tessanne Chin; acclaimed film and television actress Stefanie Scott (Insidious: Chapter 3; Jem and the Holograms); the world’s most prolific classical cross-over star Katherine Jenkins; and renowned tenor Russell Watson in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.
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.