National Memorial Day Concert 2021

Joe Montegna and Gary Sinise will return to host PBS's annual all-star tribute filled with music and stories of valor.

Sunday, May 30 at 7:00pm

We are pleased to announce a special presentation of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT, hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winning actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise with all-star performances and tributes from Washington, D.C. and around the country honoring all of the our American heroes.

America's night of remembrance features: distinguished American statesman General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret); “Empress of Soul” and seven-time Grammy Award-winner Gladys Knight; country music superstar and 22-time Grammy Award-winner Vince Gill; Grammy Award-winner, Tony and Emmy Award-nominated singer, songwriter, actress and author Sara Bareilles; multi-platinum selling country music icon and Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winner Alan Jackson; Emmy and Grammy Award-winning international mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves; Motown legends and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Tops; Broadway, film and television star Brian d’Arcy James; members of the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly; a new special edition of annual audience favorite Salute to Services with the Joint Chiefs of Staff from the Pentagon; and a special message from General Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Country music star and Grammy-nominee Mickey Guyton will open the show with a special performance of the national anthem.

A three decades-long tradition unlike anything else on television, this deeply moving and reverential night takes us back to the real meaning of the holiday through personal stories interwoven with musical performances by the National Symphony Orchestra and guest artists.The 2021 NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will share the following stories:

  • Vietnam Nurses Tribute - performed by Emmy Award-winning actress Kathy Baker (PICKET FENCES).
  • 70th Anniversary of the Korean War - portrayed by Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Morton (SCANDAL).
  • 20th Anniversary of 9/11 and Gold Star Families - featuring Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Steve Buscemi (BOARDWALK EMPIRE), acclaimed actresses Mary McCormack (WEST WING) and Bailee Madison (A WEEK AWAY).

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