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National Memorial Day Concert on WPT to Honors U.S. Military and Veterans
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May 13, 2013
The annual National Memorial Day Concert, airing Memorial Day weekend on Wisconsin Public Television (WPT), honors the service and sacrifice of America’s men and women in uniform, their families, and all who have given their lives for our country.
The National Memorial Day Concert from the West Lawn of the United States Capitol airs live at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 26 on WPT. The program encores that night at 8:30 and again at 10:30 p.m. Monday, May 27.
The tribute is hosted by actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna and includes inspiring stories, a segment on how multiple deployments impact military and their families, and a tribute to decorated World War II veteran, distinguished actor, and longtime contributor to the National Memorial Day Concert Charles During who passed away last December.
The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jack Everly, will provide musical accompaniment for the cast of dignitaries and performers — Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.), actor Ed Harris, classical crossover artist Katherine Jenkins, singer-songwriter Chris Man and tenor Alfie Boe.
On the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War, the broadcast pays tribute to the heroic service of the soldiers who fought and perished in the conflict.
WPT is a service of the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board and UW-Extension.
Wisconsin Public Television is a place to grow through learning on WHA-TV/Madison; WPNE-TV/Green Bay; WHRM-TV/Wausau; WLEF-TV/Park Falls; WHLA-TV/La Crosse; and WHWC-TV/Menomonie-Eau Claire.