“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 2012 “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 show pays tribute to their sacrifices, as well as those of their families and loved ones. The 2012 event focused on three main themes:
The Concert was co-hosted for the seventh year by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise, two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veteran’s causes and supporting our troops in active service. They were joined by an all-star line-up including: distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); the multi-platinum rock band Daughtry; nine-time Grammy award-winner, singer and songwriter Natalie Cole; country music superstar Trace Adkins; AMERICAN IDOL finalist Jessica Sanchez; Emmy, Oscar and Tony award-winning actress Ellen Burstyn; Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor and Vietnam veteran Dennis Franz; celebrated film and television actress Selma Blair; and world renowned tenor Russell Watson; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.