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


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Dedicated to our men and women in uniform--and all those who've given their lives for our country--the 2017 "National Memorial-Day Concert" returns live, from the West Lawn of the U-S Capitol.  And, joining Joe Mantegna ["monn-tain-yuh"] this year is first-time host, Laurence Fishburne.  Mantegna discusses his longtime involvement...

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THIS YEAR, I AM SO HAPPY AND PROUD TO BE COHOSTING WITH MY DEAR FRIEND, LAURENCE FISHBURNE.  I MEAN, I THINK OF THE VERY FIRST YEAR I CAME; I MEAN, THAT OBVIOUSLY HOLDS TREMENDOUS SIGNIFICANCE, BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT.  MY FIRST CONCERT WAS THE CONCERT OF 'MEMORIAL DAY' 2002; SO, IT WAS RIGHT AFTER '9/11'.  I WALKED AWAY FROM IT LITERALLY SHAKEN TO MY CORE.  TO BE ABLE TO TELL THE STORIES AND TALK ABOUT THE SACRIFICES THAT THESE MEN AND WOMEN HAVE MADE, THROUGHOUT OUR HISTORY--TO BRING IT TO LIFE--IT REALLY HIT ME.  IT HIT ME IN SUCH A WAY THAT IT'S WHY I'VE CONTINUALLY BEEN ABLE TO SAY [THAT] IT'S THE MOST-IMPORTANT THING [THAT] I DO, EVERY YEAR."

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During the concert, Gary Sinise ["sin-ees"] will present a 75th-anniversary salute to World-War Two's "Doolittle Raiders".  This year's lineup also includes: General Colin Powell; Renée Fleming; Vanessa Williams; Scotty McCreery; "Five for Fighting"; John Ortiz; Christopher Jackson; Ana ["aah-nah"] Ortiz; Ronan Tynan; Auli'i Cravalho ["ow-lee-ee cruh-val-lee-oh"]; Russell Watson; and a performance from the "National Symphony Orchestra".  The 2017 "National Memorial-Day Concert" will air live, on P-B-S, Sunday, May 28th, at eight p-m, Eastern; check local listings, for the time in your area.  For more information, visit "p-b-s"-dot-org-slash-"memorial-day-concert".

Also available is audio from Laurence Fishburne and Vanessa Williams.



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