“National Memorial Day Concert” on NET Television

News Release Date: 
May 17, 2013

 LINCOLN, Neb. (May 15, 2013) -- 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.  Airing Sunday, May 26, at 7 p.m. CT and repeating at 10 p.m. CT on NET1 and NET-HD, 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. 

The program will be co-hosted for the eighth year by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise -- two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans causes and supporting our troops in active service.

An all-star line-up includesColin L. Powell, retired four star general and former Secretary of State; “Dancing With the Stars”finalist and classical cross-over 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 and broadcast from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

The program will feature: the moving story of twin brothers, who served in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan with the National Guard; a tribute to the Greatest Generation featuring the stirring remembrances of decorated World War II veteran and actor Charles Durning; and 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.  

NET1 and NET-HD are part of NET Television.  NET Television is a service of NET.  For a complete program schedule, visit NET's website (netNebraska.org/television).


RELEASE WRITTEN BY:  Larry L. Kubert, 402-472-9333, ext. 389, or e-mail at lkubert@netNebraska.org


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