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Joe Mantegna Discusses This Year's
'National Memorial Day Concert'
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(Suggested Anchor Intro):
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...
"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".