A Star-Studded Night of Remembrance

A Star-Studded Night of Remembrance

The National Memorial Day Concert, America’s national night of remembrance, returns live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol for a special 35th anniversary broadcast on Sunday, May 26, at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16.

A tradition unlike anything else on television, the 90-minute program honors the service of our men and women in uniform, military families and all those who have dedicated their lives to our country through a unique blend of dramatic storytelling and uplifting music.

“For 35 years, our mission has been to bring the country together to remember the fallen, commemorate the real meaning of the holiday and pay tribute to generations of our American heroes and their families,” Michael Colbert, Executive Producer of Capital Concerts, said in a press release. “It is an honor to share this annual tradition of remembrance, healing and community at the U.S. Capitol.”         

The evening features an all-star cast including hosts Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise, acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veteran’s causes and supporting our troops in active service. Learn more below about the program’s featured segments and performances:

World War II Tribute

This year marks the 80th anniversary of 1944, a pivotal year in World War II. Salute the millions of Americans who served the nation in uniform and on the homefront during WWII. Featuring Bryan Cranston, Academy Award nominee and Emmy, Golden Globe, SAF, Tony and Olivier Award winner as seen in Argylle, Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle.

Learn the story of the U.S. Army Veteran John T. “Jack” Moran, a soldier in the Battle of the Bulge, as he shares his remembrance of friends who fought alongside him. Members of this Greatest Generation, those who grew up during the Great Depression and fought in World War II, will be honored on stage as well.

Current photo of Jack Moran in his hometown Los Angeles, CA and his Army service photo.

Gold Star Families Remembrance

This segment remembers our fallen heroes and those who lost a family member in the war, known as Gold Star Families. Featuring BD Wong, Emmy-nominated and Tony Award-winning actor and director as seen in Law & Order: SVU and the Jurassic Park franchise.

Vietnam Veteran and Gold Star Father Allen Hoe followed generations of his proud warrior family into military service, and his two sons continued that family legacy serving honorably in the U.S. Army. Learn about Hoe’s story and his search for peace after his son First Lieutenant Nainoa K. Hoe was tragically killed in combat in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Current photo of Gold Star father Allen Hoe in his home state Hawaii. Hoe holds his family’s United States Battle Flag that his son carried with him when he died in Iraq.

Honoring a Generation’s Service

Following 20 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan, explore the challenges faced by a generation of wounded, ill and injured veterans who carry visible and invisible wounds of war.  Featuring Jena Malone, Golden Globe and SAG Award-nominated actress as seen in Love Lies Bleeding and The Hunger Games.

Learn the moving story of U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and amputee Kirstie Ennis, an inspiring athlete who carries with her the memory of her fallen brothers and sisters. Explore her journey after a life-changing injury on deployment and her mission to bring awareness to other disabled veterans.

Current photo of Paralympian snowboarder and mountain climber Kirstie Ennis in her hometown Glenwood Springs, CO and photo while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps as an aerial door gunner and CH-53 Helicopter Mechanic.

This inspiring night of remembrance will also feature performances by:

  • Cynthia Erivo – Tony, Emmy, and Grammy winner and two-time Oscar nominee
  • Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts – ACM Award-winning, multi-platinum-selling country music icon
  • Jamey Johnson – Eleven-time Grammy-nominated country music singer-songwriter, who served eight years in the Marine Corps Reserve
  • Mary McCormack – Tony Award-nominated star of stage and screen, as seen in Heels and West Wing
  • Ruthie Ann Miles – Tony Award-winning Broadway and TV star, as seen in Sweeney Todd, The King and I and Sunday in the Park with George
  • Patina Miller – Grammy and Tony Award-winning Broadway, film and TV star, as seen in The Hunger Games, Madam Secretary and Power Book III: Raising Kanan
  • The National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly, celebrating fifteen seasons with the concert

The annual audience-favorite Salute to Services returns as well, featuring the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Service Color Teams. Additional participants include 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 concert premieres nationwide on Sunday, May 26, at 8pm on CET and ThinkTV16, with an encore presentation at 9:30pm. It will also be available to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network, and available to stream on YouTube and all station-branded PBS platforms, including PBS.org and the PBS Video app. Watch a preview: https://watch.cetconnect.org/video/2024-national-memorial-day-concert-preview/.