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National Memorial Day Concert 2013

Airs Sunday, May 26, 2013 at 8 & 9:30 p.m. & Monday, May 27 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Soldiers attend the

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Above: Soldiers attend the "National Memorial Day Concert."

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. 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.

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Actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 2013 "National Memorial Day Concert," broadcast live from the West Lawn of the Capitol.

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Top pops conductor Jack Everly will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) for the 2013 "National Memorial Day Concert."

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World War II veteran and distinguished actor Charles Durning (pictured) was a 21-year old infantryman when he landed on Omaha Beach in the D-Day invasion. The only man in his company to survive, he was wounded three times and received three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star for his wartime valor. The 2013 "National Memorial Day Concert" will feature a tribute to Durning, who died last December.

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The color guard stands proudly before the U.S. Capitol.

The multi award-winning program will be co-hosted for the eighth year by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (CRIMINAL MINDS) and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (CSI:NEW YORK), two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans causes and supporting our troops in active service.

Opening the show, with a special performance of the National Anthem will be Candice Glover, the season 12 winner of AMERICAN IDOL who was crowned May 16, 2013.

The all-star line-up also includes: distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); two-time Golden Globe award-winning actor Ed Harris; AMERICAN IDOL finalist Jessica Sanchez; 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.

This American tradition will air live on PBS Sunday, May 26, 2013, from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.

The 2013 "National Memorial Day Concert" will feature the moving story of twin brothers who served in Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan with the National Guard, that focuses on how multiple deployments tragically can impact both those who serve as well as their family members.

We'll pay tribute to the Greatest Generation featuring the stirring remembrances of decorated World War II veteran Charles Durning, the renowned actor and longtime contributor to the "National Memorial Day Concert," who passed away last December; 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.

The broadcast will be supported by a comprehensive social media campaign and resource-rich website at Highlights include: a “Virtual Wall of Remembrance” where viewers can share tributes to our veterans and fallen heroes; plus suggestions on what you can do to support veterans and their loved ones; as well as resources for service members and their families.

"National Memorial Day Concert" (PBS) is on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter using hashtag #MemDayPBS.

The 2013 National Memorial Day Concert Promo

Join us Sunday, May 26 on PBS, for the 2013 National Memorial Day Concert, featuring actors, speakers, and performers such as Gen. Colin Powell, Ed Harris, Chris Mann, Kathrine Jenkins, Alfie Boe, Jack Everly and co-hosted for the seventh year by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise.

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