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"This was a wonderful presentation! While we all want to listen to the music and celebrate happy times, it's necessary to hear the letters, the reminiscences and the horror stories of war. My heart goes out to all the disabled veterans as well as to those who have lost loved ones."

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The 2001 “National Memorial Day Concert”

The 2001 Concert, performed on Sunday, May 27th, featured a moving tribute to the World War II generation and the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, a 10th anniversary salute to the veterans of Desert Storm, and an honoring of for POWs of the Korean War and those who served in Vietnam.

Notable moments from the 2001 National Memoral Day Concert The concert opened with a salute to the Army and the veterans of Desert Storm featuring a medley performed by singing/acting sensations John Schneider and Tom Wopat. Eminent journalist Walter Cronkite remembered those who tragically lost their lives in Pearl Harbor, including a solider on the U.S.S. West Virginia whose story is told by award-winning actor Richard Crenna. Noted actor Chris Noth also contributed to this tribute, along with several moving performances by the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of maestro Erich Kunzel. Korean War veterans, those in the "forgotten war" were honored by the inspirational story of POW survivors, which was brought to life by WWII veterans and distinguished actors Charles Durning and Tom Bosley.

Notable moments from the 2001 National Memoral Day ConcertA spirited production number of songs from the Korean War era was performed by Broadway sensation Kristin Chenoweth. Richard Crenna and award-winning actor Hector Elizando remembered veteran's sacrifices in the Vietnam war.

Moving musical tributes were offered by legendary singer Art Garfunkel, Grammy Award-winning country artist Travis Tritt and pop star Debbie Boone. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Chiefs along with a color guard from each of the services rounded out the 2001 Concert. Also performing were the U.S. Army Drill Team, the U.S. Army Chorus and the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters.

Notable moments from the 2001 National Memoral Day ConcertNotable moments from the 2001 National Memoral Day ConcertNotable moments from the 2001 National Memoral Day Concert
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