PBS returns with its annual National Memorial Day Concert: A Night of Remembrance event on May 30, 2021. Performing during the pre-taped broadcast will be Vince Gill and Alan Jackson, with Mickey Guyton performing a special rendition of the National Anthem.
This year’s special will be hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, with more performances and appearances from some of music and pop culture’s biggest names. General Colin Powell, Gladys Knight, Sara Bareilles, Denyce Graves, The Four Tops, Steve Buscemi, Joe Morton, Brian d’Arcy James, Kathy Baker, Mary McCormack, Bailee Madison and the National Symphony Orchestra will all appear during the 90-minute special.
Typically, the PBS concert special is filmed as a live concert experience on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, but due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the telecast will be pre-taped.
This year’s event marks the 32nd installment of the National Memorial Day Concert and will honor the men and women of the United States Armed Forces, their families and those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. The special will share personal stories and pay tribute to the Vietnam Nurses, the 70th anniversary of the Korean War and the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and Gold Star Families.
The National Memorial Day Concert airs on PBS on Sunday, May 30 at 8 p.m. ET. It will also be streamed to troops around the world via the American Forces Network. The concert will also be available on Facebook, YouTube and PBS.org.