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Joe Mantegna Discusses This Year's 'National Memorial Day Concert'


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The "National Memorial-Day Concert" returns, this year, for a special 30th- anniversary broadcast--hosted by Joe Mantegna and Mary McCormack.  Live from the West Lawn of the U-S Capitol, the annual concert honors America's men and women in uniform, their families at home, and all those who've given their lives for our country.  Co-host Joe Mantegna says...

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YOU KNOW, WE'RE GIVEN THIS THREE-DAY HOLIDAY-WEEKEND, ON 'MEMORIAL DAY'.  AND, I THINK [THAT], IF EVERY AMERICAN WOULD TAKE 90 MINUTES--AND JUST WATCH THE SHOW--THEY WOULD COME AWAY KNOWING THAT IT'S [ABOUT] A LOT MORE THAN BARBECUES AND CAR-RACES.  IT'S TO HONOR THOSE WHO GAVE US THAT ABILITY TO ENJOY THE FREEDOMS [THAT] WE DO, IN THIS COUNTRY.  AND, IT'S A SHOW THAT'S ENTERTAINING, TOUCHING, ENLIGHTENING, [AND] MOVING.  IF YOU CAN COME AWAY FROM THIS SHOW WITHOUT A SMILE AND A TEAR, SOMETHING'S WRONG.  I'D REALLY ENCOURAGE ANYONE TO JUST GIVE IT A CHANCE, GIVE IT A SHOT--BECAUSE I'M POSITIVE [THAT], ONCE YOU WATCH IT, YOU'LL MAKE IT AN ANNUAL EVENT."

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This year's lineup also includes: General Colin Powell; Sam Elliott; Patti LaBelle; Gavin DeGraw; Dennis Haysbert; Alison Krauss; Christopher Jackson; Amber Riley; Justin Moore; Jaina Lee Ortiz; and "Patrick Lundy and 'The Ministers of Music'"--in performance with the "National Symphony Orchestra".  The 30th-anniversary "National Memorial-Day Concert" airs live, on P-B-S, Sunday, May 26th, 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".



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