National Memorial Day Concert returns for the 29th year to honor those who served

On the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, PBS’ National Memorial Day Concert from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise.

The concert will air live on PBS Sunday, May 27, 2018, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands and millions more at home and to troops serving around the world via the American Forces Network.

This year’s program features:

The story of two buddies – Joe Annello and Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura who helped each other survive deadly combat during the Korean War, endured the unimaginable as POWs, and became American heroes – one receiving the Silver Star and the other the Medal of Honor. Their segment will recognize Korean War Veterans with performances by Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-nominated actor John Corbett and star of Chicago Med Brian Tee. Women have served our nation in times of war and peace since our country’s founding – even before they were officially allowed to enlist. To mark the 70th anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, the concert will pay tribute to the contributions of women in our military throughout history, including the story of Silver Star recipient Leigh Ann Hester, the first woman to receive the Silver Star for combat. The segment will conclude by honoring women representing generations of service since WWII from the 5 branches of the military on stage. Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning actress Allison