National Memorial Day Concert May 28

News Release Date: 
May 16, 2017

For Immediate Release
National Memorial Day Concert Live on NET

Lincoln, Neb. (May 16, 2017) – Broadcast live from the U.S. Capitol, the 28th annual “National Memorial Day Concert” will air at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. CT, Sunday, May 28, on NET. This multi-award winning television event has become an American tradition, honoring the military service and sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform, their families at home and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Laurence Fishburne joins Joe Mantegna to host this year’s tribute to our heroes past and present.  The all-star lineup includes General Colin Powell, Grammy-Award winning classical star Renée Fleming, recording artist and actress Vanessa Williams, country music star Scotty McCreery, legendary Irish tenor Ronan Tynan and British performer Russell Watson with the National Symphony Orchestra.

Gary Sinise will present a 75th anniversary tribute to the daring Doolittle Raiders who changed the course of WWII in the Pacific when 80 aviators flew 16 bombers over Tokyo in retaliation for the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The sole surviving member, 101 year-old Lt. Col. Dick Cole, will be recognized.

A celebration of the 70th anniversary of the United States Air Force is also planned along with skilled aviators of WWII, the Tuskegee Airmen. These legendary African-American pioneers will be honored by Laurence Fishburne, who received an Emmy nomination for his role in the highly acclaimed film “The Tuskegee Airmen.”

National Memorial Day Concert Sun 7p CT

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 and the Armed Forces Color Guard and Service Color Guard provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.

The concert audience, expected to be in the hundreds of thousands, will be joined by millions more watching at home as well as troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The concert will also be live-streamed online on Facebook Live and at

Laurence Fishburne is an Oscar nominee and Emmy and Tony-Award winning actor and Joe Mantegna is a Tony-Award winning actor who has co-hosted the television event the past 11 years.

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