“Let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.” –
Abraham Lincoln, second inaugural address
AN AMERICAN TRADITION
HONORING OUR SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN
The National Memorial Day Concert honors our country’s veterans, service men and women and military families. The concert unites the country in remembrance and appreciation of those who gave their lives for our nation and serves those who are grieving through the mission put forward by Abraham Lincoln in his second inaugural address, “Let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.”
For over 30 years, this multi-award-winning television event, featuring uplifiting musical performances, documentary footage and dramatic readings, has become an American tradition and is one of PBS’ highest-rated programs. On the broadcast, celebrities share real-life stories spanning the broad history of our nation’s military conflicts, award winning musicians perform songs in tribute to our country’s true heroes and the finest performers from the United States premier military choirs and ensembles are featured.
Distinguished veterans, including General Colin Powell, USA (Ret.), have participated in the concert over the years, offering their experiences and perspectives to honor wounded and fallen soldiers and their families. The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Joint Chiefs of Staff also participate in the concert, offering their leadership perspective on the value and honor of military service, and acknowledging the challenges that veterans and their families face.
The National Memorial Day Concert family has become a true community of support for our troops as a means of reaching out to soldiers, veterans and their families and letting them know we care.
GENERAL COLIN POWELL, USA (RET.) HONORS THE SACRIFICE, DEDICATION AND COURAGE OF OUR SERVICE MEMBERS DURING WAR AND PEACETIME.(2013 National Memorial Day Concert)
The National Memorial Day Concert is sponsored by Lockheed Martin Corporation and made
possible by the National Park Service, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the
Department of the Army, General Dynamics and public television stations nationwide.
All travel is provided by American Airlines.