2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the National Memorial Day Concert in Washington, DC. The annual star-studded event features musical and dramatic performances, appearances from America’s military leaders, and salutes to the fallen and their surviving Gold Star Families.
This year, one story will spotlight a friendship that has stretched from the battlefields of SE Asia to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Actors Dennis Haysbert and Joe Mantegna will tell the story of Army veterans Pete Peterson and Brad Kennedy who met in 1965 while serving in the 11th Cavalry Division and now reunite at ‘the Wall’ to remember their friends who didn’t return from the Vietnam War.
The concert will also salute D-Day veterans on the 75th anniversary of that heroic assault, and a Gold Star Wife and Daughter whose life changed with a ‘knock on the door’ ten years ago.
To learn more about the National Memorial Day Concert and watch past performances, visit: http://www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-concert/home/