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Laurence Fishburne Discusses This Year's
'National Memorial Day Concert'
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Dedicated to our men and women in
uniform--and all those who've given their lives for our country--the 2017 "National Memorial-Day
Concert" returns live, from the West Lawn of the U-S Capitol.
And, joining Joe Mantegna ["monn-tain-yuh"] this year is first-time host,
Laurence Fishburne. Fishburne talks about his new role...
"'MEMORIAL DAY' HAS TAKEN ON A GREAT, NEW KIND OF SIGNIFICANCE, FOR ME:
WE, AS A NATION, ARE PROTECTED--AND CARED FOR--BY OUR MILITARY. THE SACRIFICES OF THE GENERATIONS WHO HAVE BEEN SERVING IN IRAQ AND
AFGHANISTAN--GOING BACK TO THE CIVIL WAR, YOU NAME IT--THESE ARE DEBTS THAT WE OWE.
AND, WE HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY--NOT ONLY TO LOOK AFTER THESE PEOPLE WHO SERVED AND
SACRIFICED--BUT TO ALSO UPLIFT THEM, AND THANK THEM, AND LET THEM KNOW THAT WE APPRECIATE THEIR SERVICE."
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During the concert, Gary Sinise ["sin-ees"] will present a 75th-anniversary salute to World-War
Two's "Doolittle Raiders". This year's lineup also includes:
General Colin Powell; Renée Fleming; Vanessa Williams;
Scotty McCreery; "Five for Fighting"; John
Ortiz; Christopher Jackson; Ana ["aah-nah"]
Ortiz; Ronan Tynan; Auli'i Cravalho ["ow-lee-ee
cruh-val-lee-oh"]; Russell Watson; and a performance from the
"National Symphony Orchestra". The 2017
"National Memorial-Day Concert" will air live, on P-B-S, Sunday, May 28th, at eight p-m, Eastern; check local listings, for the time in your area.
For more information, visit "p-b-s"-dot-org-slash-"memorial-day-concert".
Also available is audio from Joe Mantegna
and Vanessa Williams.