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The 2004 “National Memorial Day Concert”

Notable moments from the 2004 National Memoral Day ConcertThe 2004 Concert commemorated the anniversary of D-Day by bringing to life the moving stories of the troops who landed on the now legendary Omaha Beach. It also paid special tribute to the troops in Iraq who were disabled in combat and presented the moving stories of children who lost a parent to war.

Notable moments from the 2004 National Memoral Day Concert Host Ossie Davis was joined by a talented cast of actors and musicians. Respected actor Tom Hanks paid tribute to the veterans of WWII and highlighted the unveiling of the WWII Monument on the Mall in Washington. Distinguished actor Charles Durning shared his personal experience as a U.S. Army veteran of Normandy who was part of the first wave on Omaha Beach. Mr. Durning is the recipient of three Purple Hearts and a Silver Star for his valor during World War II.

Critically acclaimed young actor Jason Ritter and celebrated film, theater and television actor Joe Mantegna shared the stories of disabled vets Eric Castro (who served in Iraq) and Jim Mayer (a Vietnam vet)

Notable moments from the 2004 National Memoral Day ConcertNotable moments from the 2004 National Memoral Day Concert

Notable moments from the 2004 National Memoral Day Concert Inspiring and moving musical tributes were performed by multiple Grammy winners and bluegrass legends Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas; Grammy award-winning violin virtuoso Joshua Bell; country music star Brad Paisley; and Broadway sensations Brian Stokes Mitchell and Marin Mazzie. The National Symphony Orchestra performed under the direction of premier pops conductor Erich Kunzel, as well as other special guests. U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff and color guards from each of the Armed Forces made a special appearance, as they do during each year's broadcast. The U.S. Army Chorus performed on the show along with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, the Washington Chorus, the Fairfax Choral Society, and the Master Chorale of Washington.

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