Performers announced for 2014 National Memorial Day Concert

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 Actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 25th anniversary of the live broadcast from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The program airs May 25, 2014, from 8-9:30 p.m. (PRNewsFoto/Capital Concerts)

Stars from Broadway, television and country music will take the stage this summer to celebrate America’s military heroes and mark the 25th anniversary of the National Memorial Day Concert.

PBS, which will broadcast the event live from Washington, announced this morning the all-start lineup of performers and guests that includes: American leader Colin Powell; two-time Academy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest; country music sensation and “The Voice”  2013 winner Danielle Bradbery; Broadway and TV star Megan Hilty; musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; Grammy Award-winning music and TV legend Doc Severinsen; and world-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns. 

Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise will return as co-hosts for the ninth year. 

The concert will feature a special welcome home tribute for Afghanistan veterans, and recall the D-Day invasion of Normandy on its 70th anniversary.

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.

The concert is scheduled for May 25 on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

 

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