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2017 National Memorial Day Concert in D.C. includes Laurence Fishburne and Joe Mantegna

Did you know? The 2017 National Memorial Day Concert brings people together from all across the country as one family of Americans to honor the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, military families and all those who have given their lives for our country.

What: The National Memorial Day concert in Washington DC features a mix of dramatic readings, documentary footage and live musical performances, along with an all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors and musical artists.  The FREE annual event is held on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol Building and kicks off the summer season in the nation’s capital.

Laurence Fishburne (BLACK-ISH) will join Joe Mantegna (CRIMINAL MINDS) to host. The all-star line-up for the event will include: distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); Renée Fleming; Vanessa Williams; Scotty McCreery; John Ondrasik of Five for Fighting; John Ortiz (A DOG’S PURPOSE; KONG: SKULL ISLAND); Christopher Jackson (HAMILTON, BULL); Ana Ortiz (UGLY BETTY, DEVIOUS MAIDS); Ronan Tynan; and UK’s best-selling cross-over artist Russell Watson; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.  The gifted actress and singer Auli’i Cravalho (MOANA) will open the show with a special performance of the “National Anthem.” The show will also feature real life stories of 101-year-old Colonel Cole, current sole survivor of the Doolittle Raid; the powerful healing of music therapy; and honoring the 75th anniversary of Tuskegee Airmen.

Who: Open to the general public especially men and women in uniform and  military families of those who have given their lives for our country.

When: Sunday, May 28, 2017 beginning 8 p.m. whereas, gates open at 5 p.m.

Where: U.S. Capitol, First St. NW, Washington, DC 20001  via the west lawn whereas, access to the concert is located at the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds. Keep in mind, the most convenient way to get to the U.S. Capitol is to take the Washington Metro.  The closest stations to the venue include Capitol South, Federal Center SW and Union Station.

For those who can’t make the live event, the multi award-winning Memorial Day event will air live on PBS Sunday, May 28, 2017 from 8-9:30 p.m. and is repeated from 9:30-11 p.m.at 8 p.m. ET  Did you know? This is the 28th annual television broadcast  which is sponsored by Lockheed Martin, for more details click here.  to follow the event across social media and the Internet us the hashtag #MemDayPBS.

Tradina DeMary
Tradina DeMary formerly known as Baltimore Budget Events Examiner from Examiner.com, one of the best social event enthusiasts in Maryland. She is very zealous about city living and urban exploration in the Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas. She has a background in Appiled Information Technology with a master’s degree from Towson University. When she is not busy attending social events, blogging and taking photos for AFriendOfThePeople.com. Such a local lifestyle guru her other professional news column can be found at CBS Local Baltimore.

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