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National Memorial Day Concert 2014

Airs Sunday, May 25, 2014 at 8 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 2014 "National Memorial Day Concert," the 25th anniversary of the broadcast from the West Lawn of the Capitol.

PBS’s "National Memorial Day Concert," the iconic event that has become a national tradition, will mark its 25th anniversary with a special tribute to our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. Live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the inspiring night of remembrance will offer veterans from Afghanistan the grateful thanks of our nation, commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II’s D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy, and look back at the stories of service and sacrifice featured throughout the years during the annual concert.

Share Tributes to Veterans and Our Fallen Heroes

There is no time limit one can put on grief, yet there are ways to honor and celebrate the lives and legacies of those we have lost. By sharing the stories of our loved ones and fallen heroes, and by taking comfort in the recollections shared by others, we awaken the spirit of remembrance and healing that marks Memorial Day.

Courtesy of Ruth Stonesifer

Army Ranger Kris Stonesifer was the first to die in battle in Afghanistan. His loss inspired his mother, Ruth Stonesifer, to become involved with Gold Star Mothers, helping other families with their grief.

Courtesy of Ruth Stonesifer

Ruth Stonesifer’s son Kris, an Army Ranger, was the first to die in battle in Afghanistan. His service inspired her to become actively involved with Gold Star Mothers, helping other mothers with their loss, grief and healing as they move forward with their lives. Ruth’s story will be featured in this year’s "National Memorial Day Concert."

The multi award-winning program airs on PBS Sunday, May 25, 2014, from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., 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. An immediate encore airs from 9:30-11 p.m. on PBS.

The "National Memorial Day Concert" will be co-hosted for the ninth year by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise, acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans’ causes and supporting our troops in active service.

They will be joined by an all-star line-up including distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); two-time Academy and Emmy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest; country music sensation and THE VOICE 2013 winner Danielle Bradbery; Broadway and television star Megan Hilty; Grammy Award-winning country music artist Jennifer Nettles; musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; and world-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly (additional artists to be announced).

As the war in Afghanistan winds down, the program will recognize our service men and women with a special “Welcome Home” to thank veterans who served in Afghanistan, including a musical salute and featuring a story about a critically wounded veteran suffering from severe physical injuries and the grave invisible wounds of war. Also, hear the story of a mother coping with grief after the death of her son, the first to die in Afghanistan. His service inspired her to become actively involved with Gold Star Mothers. Now she is helping other mothers with their loss, grief and healing as they move forward with their lives.

The 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of the Normandy beaches of France will be commemorated in 2014, a seminal moment that turned the tides of war in favor of the Allies. World War II veterans who participated in the D-Day invasion will be honored and featured in this tribute to the sacrifices of our nation’s Greatest Generation.

The "National Memorial Day Concert" will mark its 25th anniversary in 2014 with a reflection of the many stories of service and sacrifice featured throughout the years that have brought us together as one family of Americans to pay tribute to those who defend our freedom.

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.

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Remembering 25 Years of the National Memorial Day Concert

Above: In 2014, we commemorate our 25th annual broadcast of the “National Memorial Day Concert” – over two decades of gathering together – in what has become a memorial service for our entire nation. In honor of the occasion, we reflect on the purpose of the concert and on the many contributors who have dedicated themselves over the years to creating moving tributes to all our service members.

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A Message From the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Above: On the 2013 National Memorial Day Concert, General Martin Dempsey expressed personal gratitude on behalf of more than 2 million men and women of the United States Armed Forces for the support of American citizens. This message continues to resonate this Memorial Day as we honor the service of all our men and women in uniform, their families and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

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2014 National Memorial Day Concert Special Features

Above: Join us Sunday, May 25 on PBS from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for the 2014 "National Memorial Day Concert," featuring actress Dianne Wiest, musical artists Danielle Bradbery, Jackie Evancho, Megan Hilty, Anthony Kearns, Jack Everly, and co-hosted for the eighth year by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise.

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2014 National Memorial Day Concert Sneak Preview

Above: Join us Sunday, May 25 on PBS from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for the 2014 "National Memorial Day Concert," featuring actress Dianne Wiest, musical artists Danielle Bradbery, Jackie Evancho, Megan Hilty, Anthony Kearns, Jack Everly, and co-hosted for the eighth year by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise.