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    Mon, 20 May 2013 16:07:43

    Gary Sinise + Joe Mantegna to Co-Host National Memorial Day Concert - It takes place on Memorial Day Eve

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    On the eve of Memorial Day, the 24th annual National Memorial Day concert will bring to life the moving stories of America's servicemen and women who have given so much to preserve America's freedoms.

    The inspiring television event will pay tribute to the profound heroism of all who served during World War II, salute the valor of our Korean War veterans, and honor the sacrifices of our National Guard heroes and their families and it will be hosted by Joe Mantegna of Criminal Minds and Gary Sinise of CSI: New York and Forrest Gump fame. It's their eighty year doing so.

    The all-star lineup also includes: distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); two-time Golden Globe award-winning actor Ed Harris; Dancing With the Stars finalist and classical crossover artist Katherine Jenkins; singer-songwriter and The Voice finalist Chris Mann; and acclaimed Tony award-winning tenor Alfie Boe; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.

    This American tradition will air live on PBS Sunday, May 26, 2013, from 8 to 9:30 PM ET, from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.

    The concert will also feature the following programming:

    • The moving story of twin brothers who served in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan with the National Guard, that focuses on how multiple deployments tragically can impact both those who serve as well as their family members.

    • • A tribute to the Greatest Generation featuring the stirring remembrances of decorated World War II veteran Charles Durning, the renowned actor and longtime contributor to the National Memorial Day Concert, who passed away last December.

    • • On the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice, the broadcast will honor the profound sacrifices of the proud veterans who fought and perished in this "forgotten war."

    • 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, D.C.

    For more info, visit www.pbs.org.

    We know you have a lot to do this Memorial Day, but will you be watching?

    —Carly Costello

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