National Memorial Day Concert
Debut: May 28, 1989
Debut: May 28, 1989

Held every year since 1989 on the US Capitol's West Lawn, the National Memorial Day Concert is attended by half a million people and watched by millions more on PBS. The concert 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 Network. The concert usually begins with the American national anthem by the National Symphony Orchestra, followed by music and dramatic readings commemorating the holiday and its importance. The concert's finale includes the Armed Forces Medley by the National Symphony Orchestra accompanied by The U.S. Army Chorus, The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, and The Soldiers' Chorus of the United States Army Field Band. A singing of "God Bless America" ends the concert. Winning several awards during the course of its run the program not only pays tribute to those currently serving in the Armed Forces and their families but also honors those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

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