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National Salute To Veterans 2012

Airs Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Soldier Salute. This November 11, 2012 at 8 p.m., PBS will bring the nation together in tribute to the service and sacrifice of our 22 million American veterans with the inaugural broadcast of the "National Salute To Veterans."

Joe Mantegna (CRIMINAL MINDS) and Gary Sinise (CSI: New York) host the inaugural broadcast of the "National Salute To Veterans," celebrating all our American heroes who have served throughout our country’s history.

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Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise (center L to R, standing with military personnel) co-host the "National Salute To Veterans 2012," celebrating all our American heroes who have served throughout our country’s history.

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Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.) joins an all-star line-up on the "National Salute To Veterans."

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Top pops conductor Jack Everly leads the National Symphony Orchestra on the "National Salute To Veterans."

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The national television event is produced by Capital Concerts, the nation’s leading producer of live holiday specials, and the production force behind "A Capitol Fourth" and the "National Memorial Day Concert."

These premier celebrations of America’s most important holidays have become annual traditions and the number one and number three top-rated programs on PBS.

The "National Salute To Veterans" will feature new footage shot at the U.S. Capitol with Mantegna and Sinise, as well as the “best of the best” moments from past National Memorial Day Concerts.

The all-star line-up includes distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker; “American Idol” finalist Pia Toscano; singer-songwriter Javier Colon (winner of “The Voice”); “American Idol” winner Kris Allen; acclaimed actors A.J. Cook and Jason Ritter; and gospel legend Yolanda Adams, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by maestro Jack Everly.

“PBS is honored to have the opportunity to salute America’s 22 million veterans,” said PBS senior vice president & chief TV programming executive John F. Wilson. “This program will bring together distinguished American leaders, artists and performers in celebration of those who have served and sacrificed so much for their country.”

“Our military members have a long and proud tradition of service and sacrifice,” said Capital Concerts executive producer Jerry Colbert. “We are honored to present this new broadcast in profound gratitude to our veterans and their families, and in promise to them that their dedication to our country will never be forgotten.”

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Preview: National Salute To Veterans 2012

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Kris Allen Honors Veterans

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Above: Join General Colin Powell in thanking American service men and women as he introduces “American Idol” winner Kris Allen who offers a heartfelt musical tribute to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Javier Colón Honors Veterans

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Above: With his version of "Stand by Me," Javier Colón, winner of "The Voice," reminds us to support our veterans.