An American Tradition Honoring Our Service Members
Live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
Washington, D.C. – On Sunday, May 25th on PBS from 7:00pm to 8:30pm CT for the 2014 National Memorial Day Concert, featuring actress Dianne Wiest, musical artists Danielle Bradbery, Jackie Evancho, Megan Hilty, Anthony Kearns, Jack Everly, and co-hosted for the eighth year by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise.On the eve of Memorial Day, a will grace the stage for the 25th National Memorial Day Concert, featuring uplifting musical performances, documentary footage, and dramatic readings that honor all Americans who have sacrificed for our country.
As one of PBS’ highest-rated programs, the multiple-award-winning television event has become an American tradition, honoring the military service of all our men and women in uniform, their families at home, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
The concert’s mission is to unite the country in remembrance and appreciation of the fallen and to serve those who are grieving. Executive Producer Jerry Colbert says, “We think of the agony of the mother or father who lost a child, the spouses and children left behind, the people who are wounded in body and soul. And we do this memorial service to remember and reach out to them. We must remember their sacrifices and continue the mission set forth by Abraham Lincoln to ‘care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.’”
The concert is broadcast live on PBS and via the American Forces Network to the nearly one million American service members, Department of Defense civilians and their families, stationed at bases in 175 countries, as well as 140 U.S. Navy ships at sea.
The National Memorial Day Concert is sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation and made possible by the National Park Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Department of the Army, General Dynamics and public television stations nationwide. All travel is provided by American Airlines.