CPTV to Premiere the 25th Anniversary National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 25 at 8 p.m.
(Encore Presentation Slated for Monday, May 26 at 9 p.m.)
Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) will air the 2014 National Memorial Day Concert, an iconic event that has become a national tradition, on Sunday, May 25 at 8 p.m., with a repeat airing on Monday, May 26 at 9 p.m.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the concert, with a special tribute to America’s men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for their country. Broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, this night of remembrance will offer veterans from Afghanistan the grateful thanks of the nation, commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II’s D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy, and look back at the stories of service and sacrifice featured throughout the years during the annual concert.
The 2014 National Memorial Day Concert will be co-hosted for the ninth year by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise, acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans’ causes and supporting troops in active service. They will be joined by an all-star lineup that includes distinguished American leader Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.); two-time Academy and Emmy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest; Grammy Award-winning country music artist Jennifer Nettles; Broadway and television star Megan Hilty; country music sensation and The Voice 2013 winner Danielle Bradbery; musical prodigy and classical crossover star Jackie Evancho; and world-renowned tenor Anthony Kearns. The performers will be backed by the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly.
Also participating in the event are the U.S Joint Chiefs of Staff with the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Chorus, the Soldiers Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, the Armed Forces Color Guard and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C.
About Connecticut Public Television
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming; including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 450,000 households each week. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 276,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. CPBN also houses the Learning Lab, home to the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School satellite campus and the Veterans Vocational Training Program. For more information, visit CPTV.org.