National Memorial Day Concert 2017 in Washington, DC

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    Taps at the U.S. Capitol

    National Memorial Day Concert
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    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. The concert airs live on PBS from 8-9:30 p.m. and is repeated from 9:30-11 p.m.

    Concert Date and Time: Sunday, May 28, 2017, 8 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.

    Location: West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, First St. NW, Washington, DC. Access to the concert is located at the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds. The best way to get to the Capitol is to take the Metro. The closest stations include Capitol South, Federal Center SW and Union Station. See a map

    The Memorial Day Concert will feature:

    • a tribute to the last surviving member of the Doolittle Raiders, who flew the daring bombing mission that launched the U.S. invasion of Japan after Pearl Harbor
    • th...MOREe story of the sacrifices made by Captain Luis Avila and his wife, Claudia, as they courageously face life-changing injuries incurred from an IED bomb blast
    • the healing journey of a Gold Star family from the Vietnam era who reach out to support grieving families from recent conflicts
    • Military groups include the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Chorus and the Soldier's Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band.

    See photos and learn more about the Memorial Day concert and this year's all-star line-up of performers.

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    Scotty McCreery

    Scotty McCreery
    ••• Scotty McCreery. Courtesy of Capital Concerts

     Country music superstar Scotty McCreery will perform in the 2017 National Memorial Day Concert.

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    Vanessa Williams

    Vanessa Williams
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    Multi-platinum recording artist and star of television, film and the Broadway stage Vanessa Williams will perform in the 2017 National Memorial Day Concert.

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    Renée Fleming

    Renée Fleming
    ••• Renée Fleming. Andrew Eccles

    Renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning classical superstar Renée Fleming will perform in the 2017 National Memorial Day Concert.

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    Christopher Jackson

    Christopher Jackson
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    Broadway and television star Christopher Jackson will perform in the 2017 National Memorial Day Concert.

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    Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise

    ••• Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise. Courtesy of Capital Concerts

    Actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the National Memorial Day Concert, a tribute to the men and women who have given so much to preserve America’s freedoms.

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    Auli’i Cravalho

    Auli’i Cravalho
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    Auli’i Cravalho will open the show with a special performance of the National Anthem. 

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    Ana Ortiz

    Ana Ortiz
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     Actress Ana Ortiz will perform in this year's concert.

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    Laurence Fishburne

    Laurence Fishburne
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    Laurence Fishburne, Oscar nominee and Emmy and Tony-Award winner, co-hosts the 2017 National Memorial Day Concert along with Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise. 

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    Jack Everly - National Symphony Orchestra Conductor

    Jack Everly
    ••• Jack Everly. Courtesy of Capital Concerts

    Top pops conductor Jack Everly will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra for the 2017 National Memorial Day Concert. Everly serves as Principal Pops Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and National Arts Centre Orchestra as well as Music Director for the Symphonic Pops Consortium. He has conducted the National Memorial Day Concert since 2010.

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    Russell Watson

    Russell Watson
    ••• Russell Watson. Courtesy of Capital Concerts

     The UK’s best-selling cross-over artist, Russell Watson will perform in this year's concert. 

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    National Symphony Orchestra

    National Symphony Orchestra
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    The National Symphony Orchestra performs before a crowd of thousands at the National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. The concert is broadcast on PBS and can also be seen overseas by U.S. military personnel in more than 175 countries and aboard more than 200 U.S. Navy ships at sea on American Forces Radio and Television Network.

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    Colin L. Powell

    Colin Powell
    ••• Colin Powell. Courtesy of Capital Concerts

    The concert includes an appearance by distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.).

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    Joe Mantegna and Buglers

    Joe Mantegna and Buglers
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    Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna has dedicated himself to veterans' causes and supporting the troops in active service. He co-hosts this event with Gary Sinise each year.

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    U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff

    27th National Memorial Day Concert
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    The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff participate in the event, which honors the service and sacrifice of men in women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.

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    Color Guards

    Color Guards
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    Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the National Memorial Day Concert unites our nation in honor of all of America’s men and women in uniform for their service and sacrifice. Pictured: The color guard stands proudly before the U.S. Capitol.

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    Crowd at the National Memorial Day Concert

    Crowd at the National Memorial Day Concert
    ••• Crowd at the National Memorial Day Concert. Courtesy of Capital Concerts

    The National Memorial Day Concert, the nation's premier memorial event, will be broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an on-site audience of more than 300,000, as well as millions more watching at home.

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