The National Memorial Day Concert 2017

The National Memorial Day Concert 2017

Sun, 05/28/2017 - 8:00pm - 9:30pm

Pictured: Color Guards

Credit: Courtesy of Capital Concerts

Join co-hosts Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna for the 28th broadcast of this night of remembrance honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. 

The National Memorial Day Concert 2017 airs Sunday, May 28, 2017 at 8 p.m. and again 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV. The concert tapes live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an audience of hundreds of thousands, millions at home, and to our troops around the world via American Forces Network. Stay tuned at 9:30 p.m. for a 30-minute preview of The Vietnam War, a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick coming to WXXI-TV in September. 

The concert’s mission is to unite the country in remembrance and appreciation of the fallen and to serve those who are grieving. Executive Producer Jerry Colbert says, “We think of the agony of the mother or father who lost a child, the spouses and children left behind, the people who are wounded in body and soul. And we do this memorial service to remember and reach out to them. We must remember their sacrifices and continue the mission set forth by Abraham Lincoln to ‘care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.’

This presentation is part of WXXI Veterans Connection (, an initiative is designed to help bridge military and veteran needs with community support and awareness.