“The stories were poignant and well delivered, balanced with respectful and appropriate choices of songs. Thank you for this beautifully prepared commemoration of our armed forces, past and present.”
The 2011 “National Memorial Day Concert”
Each year, the “National Memorial Day Concert” presents a unique program honoring the valor and patriotism of Americans who have served our country in times of conflict. The 2011 show paid tribute to the sacrifices of service members, their families and loved ones, and focused on three main themes:
A thank you to our troops who have been serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, a look at how our service members and military families are coping with the enduring wounds of war, and how we can all become allies in their recovery.
The poignant story of a woman who lost her father in Vietnam, and of other children of war.
The Concert was co-hosted for the sixth year by Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise and Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna, two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans’ causes and to supporting our troops in active service. The all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors and musical artists who participated in the 22nd annual broadcast including: distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); American Idol finalist Pia Toscano; Academy, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker; American Idol winner Kris Allen; two-time Academy and Emmy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest; King of the Blues B.B. King; acclaimed actors Jason Ritter and A. J. Cook; classical superstar Hayley Westenra; America’s beloved tenor Daniel Rodriguez, the New York city policeman who united the country after the September 11 terrorist attacks; gospel legend Yolanda Adams and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.