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Joe Mantegna Discusses This Year's
'National Memorial Day Concert'
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On the 150th anniversary of
"Memorial Day", the 2018 "National Memorial-Day
Concert" returns live, from the West Lawn of the U-S Capitol.
Hosted again by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, the annual broadcast honors
America's men and women in uniform, their families at home, and all those
who've given their lives for our country. Mantegna says that hosting the concert continues to be very important to
"I'LL NEVER FORGET
THAT--ONCE I DID THAT FIRST CONCERT, AND HOW MUCH IT AFFECTED ME, AND HOW I SAID TO MYSELF,
'THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.' THERE'S ALWAYS SOMETHING THAT'S EMOTIONALLY TOUCHING AND
MOVING--AND THINGS THAT ARE GOING TO BE ALSO HEARTWARMING AND ENTERTAINING.
IT CERTAINLY TRANSCENDS WHAT I DO AS AN ACTOR; THIS IS THE REAL DEAL.
I'VE SAID IT MANY TIMES, BUT IT'S THE TRUTH: THAT CONCERT IS THE MOST-IMPORTANT THING [THAT] I DO, EVERY YEAR."
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This year's lineup also includes:
General Colin Powell; Allison Janney; Graham Greene;
John Corbett; Charles Esten; Brian Tee; Mary
McCormack; Cynthia Erivo; Leona Lewis; Megan Hilty; and
Alfie Boe--in performance with the "National Symphony
Orchestra". The 29th-annual "National Memorial-Day
Concert" airs live, on P-B-S, this Sunday, May 27th, at eight p-m, Eastern; check local listings, for the time in your area.
To learn more, visit "p-b-s"-dot-org-slash-"memorial-day-concert".