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The 2002 “National Memorial Day Concert”

Notable moments from the 2002 National Memoral Day ConcertNotable moments from the 2002 National Memoral Day ConcertNotable moments from the 2002 National Memoral Day Concert

The 2002 Concert paid special tribute to the Americans serving in the war against terrorism, the thousands of soldiers who endured the World War II Bataan Death March and the victims and heroes of the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Flight 93 tragedies.

The Concert opened with a performance by New York's "Singing Policeman," Daniel Rodriguez of "God Bless America" and a welcome by the Concert's host Ossie Davis.

Notable moments from the 2002 National Memoral Day Concert Popular multimedia entertainer Tony Danza performed a medley of patriotic songs, including "This Is A Great Country," "America, I Love You" and "United We Stand." A special segment honored the victims and heroes of September 11, 2001 and featured film actor and Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna, who introduced the story of retired firefighter John Vigiano and his search for his two sons who were lost at Ground Zero.

Classical crossover artist Charlotte Church performed Andrew Lloyd Webber's, "Pie Jesu." Tributes to those who were lost during the Pentagon attack and in the Flight 93 airline crash were given by Emmy Award-winning actor Richard Schiff and by 13-year-old film and television actress Caitlin Wachs, who read a letter written by Dana Palmer to her father, a fire captain who perished at the World Trade Center. Charlotte Church and Daniel Rodriguez concluded with a duet of "The Prayer." The National Symphony Orchestra performed "Summon the Heroes," a salute to the military troops currently fighting in Afghanistan.

Notable moments from the 2002 National Memoral Day Concert Legendary music group Chicago performed "Beginnings" and "In the Mood." Actor and decorated war veteran Charles Durning shared the memories of Lester Tenney, a survivor of the Bataan Death March. A eulogy by noted film actor and director Steve Buscemi and a performance of "Just One Dream" by Tony Award-winning singer Heather Headley concluded the WWII segment. Conductor Erich Kunzel introduced the salute to the services, including a welcome to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard B. Myers. The evening concluded with a goodnight by Ossie Davis, Charlotte Church's rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone" and a finale of the National Anthem performed by Heather Headley and the full cast. Military groups performing on this year's Concert included the U.S. Armed Forces Color Guard and Color Service Teams, the U.S. Army Band Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters and the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants. Other guests included the Children's Chorus of Washington and the American Original Fife and Drum Corps.


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