Other celebrities who joined the event are Allison Janney, John Corbett, Leona Lewis and more. Below is the complete list:
Gen. Colin Powell
The Lt. Dan Band
National Symphony Orchestra
Military District of Washington
U.S. Army Herald Trumpets
U.S. Army Chorus and Army Voices
U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters
U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants
Local actor and singer Charles Esten, of Alexandria, Virginia, also be performed this year.
Rehearsals for the Nat’l Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the Capitol. Actor and singer Charles Esten who grew up in Alexandria, VA will be performing at this year’s concert which takes place Sunday 8 p.m. @WTOPpic.twitter.com/EqgXO4IYTF
Executive Producer Michael Colbert said the national night of remembrance takes us back to the real meaning of Memorial Day.
“I hope that (concertgoers]) stop and think about those who — everyday is Memorial Day for them, the families of those who lost someone,” Colbert said.
Colbert has been part of the annual concert since its start 29 years ago.
He said he is still humbled by being able to honor all of our military and “to come together here at the Capitol and honor those who are serving, who have served — to remember our wounded, to remember all of their families and to really stop and say ‘thank you’ and ‘we love you.'”
The mission of the concert is to come together as a nation and to remember, Colbert said.
The 29th annual concert will mark the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day. Memorial Day had been first known at “Decoration Day” and was commemorated at Arlington National Cemetery.
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