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Note that you can avoid Sunday's huge crowd for the televised event by attending tonight's Saturday Dress Rehearsal at the same location, at 7:30 PM.

National Symphony Orchestra Memorial Day Concert

Erich Kunzel, conductor
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
Sunday, May 27, 2007, 8-9:30 p.m., televised on PBS.
Also, Dress rehearsal, Saturday, May 26, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. Gates will open to the public at 5 p.m.

Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, co-hosts
Featuring Natalie Cole, Josh Turner, and CeCe Winans

FREE, no tickets required

PBS's National Memorial Day Concert Remembers the Sacrifices of America's Veterans

The 2007 National Memorial Day Concert will be broadcast live on PBS from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
This concert is an annual event to honor American veterans and current members of the U.S. Armed Services. Gates will open to the public at 5 p.m.

Acclaimed actors Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna, both of whom have dedicated themselves to veterans' causes and supporting our troops in active service, will reunite for a second time to co-host this moving and reverential tribute to America's heroes. They'll be joined by eight-time Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole, county music sensation Josh Turner, Academy Award–winning actress Dianne Wiest, Emmy and Golden Globe Award–winning actor Jimmy Smits, acclaimed actress Bonnie Hunt, jazz vocalist Jane Monheit, distinguished actor Charles Durning, inspirational singer CeCe Winans, and the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Erich Kunzel.  General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.) will reflect on the impact of war on our recently wounded soldiers, especially as they contend with long-term disabilities and vastly changed expectations for the future.

The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff will also play a special role in the concert, along with the Joint Armed Forces Color Guard and color guard teams from each branch of the armed services, provided by the Military District of Washington. Also featured are the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Chorale, the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters, the U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, and the Choral Arts Society of Washington.

There will be a dress rehearsal for this event on Saturday, May 26, 2007, at 7:00 p.m. Gates will open to the public at 5 p.m. Additional security measures will be in place to ensure the safety and security of those in attendance. Anyone attending events on the West Lawn must adhere to security screening procedures before entering the event site. This will include an administrative search of all bags, coolers, backpacks, and closed containers. Please visit for additional information on prohibited items at the U.S. Capitol.

Parking in the immediate area of the U.S. Capitol is extremely limited. You may visit to help plan your trip using public transportation. The nearest metro stops to the U.S. Capitol are Capitol South and Union Station...

The only way this rehearsal will be cancelled is if there is violent weather.
For further details, call (202) 619-7222.