2022 National Memorial Day Concert Streamed Live from Washington, DC

WASHINGTON, DC – PBS will broadcast the National Memorial Day concert live from Washington, DC on Sunday. This will be the 33rd year that the annual all-star event honors the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces, as well as their families and those who sacrificed their lives for their country.

Tony Award winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award winner Gary Sinise, who have dedicated themselves to supporting the troops and veterans’ causes, will once again host. The concert will also feature special appearances and performances by Jean Smart, Gil Birmingham, Mary McCormack, Dennis Haysbert, Lea Salonga, Norm Lewis, Craig Morgan, Rhiannon Giddens, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Pia Toscano with the National Symphony Orchestra.

PBS will broadcast the 2022 National Memorial Day concert live from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. ET, Sunday. PBS stations nationwide will air the 90-minute concert, which will also stream and stream on YouTube, beginning at 8 p.m.

This year’s concert will include the following themed segments:

  • Remembrance of General Colin L. Powell – Dennis Haysbert of “24” and “Major League” honors the memory of the 12th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the 65th US Secretary of State.
  • Service Generations — Gil Birmingham of “Yellowstone” and “Wind River” will honor the more than 58,000 Americans who lost their lives in the Vietnam War and those who served in the Vietnam era.
  • Tribute to Gold Star families – Jean Smart of “Hacks” and “Mare of Easttown” joins Joe Mantegna to share the inspiring story of retired Major General Mark Graham and his wife Carol, who lost their two sons, Second Lieutenant Jeff Graham and senior ROTC cadet Kevin Graham, to IED and depression, respectively, in less than eight months.
  • Women in Tribute to World War II – Mary McCormack of “Heels” and “West Wing” honors women in uniform and those who served on the home front during World War II.
  • Medal of Honor Tribute – Gary Sinese will be joined by Medal of Honor recipients in this tribute to those who have received the nation’s highest honor for gallantry in battle.
  • Lincoln Memorial 100th Anniversary – The concert will mark the 100th anniversary of the monument dedicated to President Lincoln.

This year’s National Memorial Concert will also feature performances by musical groups from the Military District of Washington, D.C., including the US Army Herald Trumpets, The US Army Chorus, The Soldiers’ Chorus of the US Army Field Band, The US Navy Band Sea Chanters, the US Air Force Chanting Sergeants, Armed Forces Color Guard, and Service Color Teams.

The National Memorial Day Concert is underwritten by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. It is also made possible by grants from the National Park Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Department of the Army, General Dynamics, PBS and public television stations nationwide.

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