Alan Jackson, Vince Gill and Mickey Guyton are among the country music singers that will make an appearance on the 32nd annual National Memorial Day Concert. The 90-minute pre-taped Special airing Sunday May 30 on PBS will honor men and women in uniform, their families and those who have given their lives to serve their country.
Memorial Day 2021 Concert Details and Lineup
The night of remembrance will return with performances and tributes from Washington D.C. and from around the country. The Sunday night event will be hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winning actor and Humanitarian Gary Sinise.
General Colin Powell, Gladys Knight, Vince Gill, Sara Bareilles, Alan Jackson, Denyce Graves, The Four Tops, Steve Buscemi, Joe Morton, Brian d’Arcy James, Kathy Baker, Mary McCormack, Bailee Madison and the National Symphony Orchestra. Grammy-nominee Mickey Guyton will open the show with a special performance of the National Anthem for the event.
Authors, actors, musicians and American statesman General Colin L. Powell (Ret.) will unite for the show.
The event will commemorate the American Nurses that served in the Vietnam War, the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 and more.
The all-star musical lineup will perform in the Memorial Service held to honor and remember American heroes who serve and have given their life for the country.
The show has taken for over three decades, but due to the pandemic it will no longer be held live on the West Lawn of the U.S. capitol.
The reverential and moving night will be one of a kind television special that will take its audience back to the heroic stories and heartbreaking moments in U.S. history: moments of pride, lessons learnt, and the people who gave their lives for their country to move forward. Viewers will hear personal stories that will be interwoven with musical performances by the National Symphony Orchestra and other musical guests.
Stories that Will Be Shared At the 2021 National Memorial Day Concert
Vince Gill, Mickey Guyton, and Alan Jackson are not the only must see performances at the National Memorial Day Concert.
Vietnam Nurses Tribute: It will be performed by Emmy Award-winning actress Kathy Baker (PICKET FENCES). More than 265,000 women served during the Vietnam War era and they will be remembered in the concert. A special tribute will be paid to their courageous deeds, the lives they saved, and others they comforted in their dying moments.
Diane Carlson Evans, founder of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington, D.C., will share her experiences during the concert.
70th Anniversary of the Korean War: It’s been 70 years since the war that saw 1.7 million Americans fighting and the loss of over 36,000 lives.
The courage and heroism of the 2nd Ranger Infantry Company that opened possibilities for African American men and women will be highlighted.
20th Anniversary of 9/11 and Gold Star Families: With a segment hosted by Steve Buscemi, the concert will remember the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001, and all those people who lost their lives.
The terrorist attacks encouraged many Americans to join the all-volunteer armed forces. It will honor service members and their families who have been affected by a generation of war and share the heart-warming story of a Gold Star Family.
The National Memorial Day Concert will air on May 30, 202, from 8 o’clock to 9:30 p.m. E.T., as well as to the troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.
The concert will also be streaming on Facebook, YouTube and www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert and will be available as Video on Demand, May 30 to June 13, 2021.
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