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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 him...

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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".



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