National Memorial Day Concert
The National Memorial Day Concert honors our country's veterans, servicemen and women, and military families. The concert unites the country in remembrance and appreciation of those who gave their lives for our nation and serves those who are grieving through the mission put forward by Abraham Lincoln in his second inaugural address, "Let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan."
For over 30 years, this multi-award-winning television event, featuring uplifting musical performances, documentary footage and dramatic readings, has become an American tradition and is one of PBS' highest-rated programs. On the broadcast, celebrities share real-life stories spanning the broad history of our nation's military conflicts, award winning musicians perform songs in tribute to our country’s true heroes and the finest performers from the United States premier military choirs and ensembles are featured.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Chiefs of Staff also participate in the concert, offering their leadership perspective on the value and honor of military service and acknowledging the challenges that veterans and their families face.
About The United States Army Herald Trumpets
The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets are the official fanfare ensemble for the President of the United States. Founded in 1959 and patterned after traditional British “fanfare” trumpet ensembles, the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets were formed to add pageantry to official military ceremonies. A performing element of The United States Army Band "Pershing’s Own" in Washington, DC, the ensemble has performed for countless events of national and international significance. Notable events include 12 presidential inaugurals, the “G8” Economic Summits in 1984, 1990 and 2004, the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations, and State Arrivals for heads of state at The White House. In addition to their official duties, The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets have performed in the opening ceremonies for the 1980 and 2002 Winter Olympic Games, the 1984 Summer Olympic Games, and the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games. The ensemble has also performed at nationally and internationally televised events such as Super Bowl XXXIX, ESPN Sports Nation Live, The Kennedy Center Honors, and the relighting of the Statue of Liberty. Their appearances for A Capitol Fourth, Christmas in Washington, and the National Memorial Day Concert are seen annually over national broadcasting networks and global military networks. The Herald Trumpets have been featured with orchestras from around the world including the National Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, and with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.https://www.usarmyband.com/ensembles/the-u-s-army-herald-trumpets
About Singing Sergeants – United States Air Force
U.S. Capitol Building – West Lawn
Washington, DC 20004