Gloria Estefan performed on the 2015 National Memorial Day Concert in honor of her father, a Vietnam War veteran to whom she dedicated her National Artistic Achievement Award, given to her on A Capitol Fourth (2005.)
Each year, the National Memorial Day Concert presents a unique program honoring the valor and patriotism of Americans who have served our country. The show pays tribute to their sacrifices, as well as those of their families and loved ones.
The 2015 National Memorial Day Concert showcased courageous American heroes disabled for life; featured Gold Star Children, who have lost a parent to war; and commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.
The concert’s all-star lineup included distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); seven-time Grammy Award winner and international superstar Gloria Estefan; Emmy Award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne; actor/producer/director Esai Morales; The Voice season five winner Tessanne Chin; acclaimed film and television actress Stefanie Scott; actor/musician Jason Dolley; Tony Award-winning actress and singer Laura Benanti; the world’s most prolific classical cross-over artist, Katherine Jenkins; and world-renowned tenor Russell Watson, in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.
Each year the concert is co-hosted by Tony Award winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award winner Gary Sinise. The 2015 broadcast marked the tenth year that these acclaimed actors, who have dedicated themselves to veterans’ causes and supporting our troops in active service, have hosted the event.