A special pre-taped presentation of the 32nd annual National Memorial Day Concert on PBS will premiere on Sunday, May 30, 2021. (Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the concert will not air live.)
This special will be hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winning actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise with all-star performances and tributes from Washington, D.C., and around the country honoring all of our American heroes.
Where to Watch
The concert will premiere Sunday, May 30 at 8 p.m., encoring at 9:30 p.m., on CPTV and the CPTV Livestream.
Also beginning at 8 p.m. on May 30, it will be available to watch on this page.
The concert will also encore on CPTV Spirit on Monday, May 31 at 10 p.m.
More About the Program
Personal stories will be interwoven with musical performances by the National Symphony Orchestra and guest artists. This year’s stories include:
- A Tribute to Vietnam Nurses, performed by Emmy Award-winning actress Kathy Baker
- The 2nd Rangers, portrayed by Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Morton
- Reflecting on 20 Years Since 9/11, featuring Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Steve Buscemi, acclaimed actresses Mary McCormack, and Bailee Madison (Includes the story of Staff Sergeant Joseph Edgar Phaneuf II of Eastford, Connecticut, and his family)
Special guests will include General Colin L. Powell, USA (ret.), Gladys Knight, Vince Gill, Sara Bareilles, Alan Jackson, Denyce Graves, The Four Tops, Brian d’Arcy James, and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Jack Everly. Mickey Guyton will open the show with a performance of the National Anthem. A new special edition of Salute to Services with the Joint Chiefs of Staff from the Pentagon, and a special message from General Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will also be featured.
Also participating will be members from The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Voices and 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, and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.
Learn more about this year’s concert here>>