Honoring our Nation’s Heroes and Their Families at the PBS National Memorial Day Concert


When I was first asked to attend the rehearsal for the PBS National Memorial Day concert, I was a little apprehensive. This was my first time attending an event with the intent of sharing my experience in a blog post. Luckily, my husband is a Navy Mass Communication Specialist and has attended many events like this, so I asked him to come as my photographer.

Little did I know, a fabulous group of military spouse bloggers was also in attendance they took me under their wing. The Capital Concerts staff was also AMAZING to work with and took great care of us.

I attended the afternoon rehearsals and saw Brian Tee and John Corbett performing the true story of two Korean War buddies–Hiroshi “Hershey” Miyamura and Joe Annello–who have remained friends for 68 years. These two are incredible actors and they were ON POINT! After their rehearsal, they met with our group of milspouses to answer questions and take photos.

Photo: Dominique Pineiro

They both gave “shout outs” to military families. Brian Tee, who stars in CHICAGO MED wished us a ‘wonderful and glorious’ Memorial Day, and John Corbett, who you may remember as Aiden on Sex and the City and Ian in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” thanked our group of spouses for everything we do.

Photo: Dominique Pineiro

West Wing actresses Allison Janney and Mary McCormack paid tribute to the contributions of female service members throughout history, and the ladies reflected on what the day means for them.

“We’re so grateful for the sacrifice that, not just the service members make, but the families make is huge,” Mary McCormack explained. “The least we can do is say ‘thank you.'”

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band put on a great rehearsal performance for the crowd, as usual, I can’t wait for everyone to see them perform live!

Photo: Dominique Pineiro

In addition to these stars, General Colin Powell, Joe Mantegna, Graham Greene, Charles Esten, Cynthia Erivo, Leona Lewis, Megan Hilty, Alfie Boe, and the National Symphiny Orchestra will be featured, as well as Spensha Baker singing the National Anthem.

Tune in to PBS for the live broadcast of the 29th National Memorial Day Concert on the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, Sunday, May 27th from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. You can also follow the event on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Leave us a comment and tell us if you’ll be watching!

Posted by Vanessa Pineiro, NMFA Volunteer and military spouse

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