Laura Benanti, Laurence Fishburne and More Are Part of Tonight's PBS "National Memorial Day Concert"

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The "National Memorial Day Concert" is broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol May 24 beginning at 8 PM ET on PBS; check local listings.

Co-hosted by Tony Award winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award winner Gary Sinise, the inspiring night of remembrance is "dedicated to our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country," according to press notes.

Laura Benanti
Laura Benanti

In what has become an annual tradition, the newly crowned winner of “American Idol” — Nick Fradiani — will perform the National Anthem to open the 26th annual live concert event.

The evening also boast appearances and/or performances by Emmy winner Laurence Fishburne, Tony winner Laura Benanti, actor and director Esai Morales, actor/musician Jason Dolley, General Colin L. Powell, Grammy winner Gloria Estefan, “The Voice” winner Tessanne Chin, actress Stefanie Scott, classical crossover star Katherine Jenkins and tenor Russell Watson.

Artists are backed by the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of 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, DC.

The concert, according to PBS, "will showcase our courageous American heroes who have been disabled for life; shine a spotlight on Gold Star Children who have lost a parent to war; and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II."

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