An Idol and a general will lead the salute to veterans at this year’s 24th annual National Memorial Day Concert.
Actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna return for the eighth time to co-host the celebration Sunday, May 26, from the West Lawn of the Capitol. The season 12 American Idol winner, to be named May 16, will open the show performing the National Anthem.
Colin Powell, retired general and former secretary of state, will lead tributes honoring the sacrifices of the U.S. military and the families of those who serve. Joining in the event will be two-time Golden Globe award-winning actor Ed Harris; 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. The National Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly, will also play.
The show will feature an inspiring story of twin brothers who served in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan, with the National Guard recognizing all who served during World War II, and mark the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.
PBS will broadcast the concert live from 8 to 9:30 p.m.