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PBS National Memorial Day Concert 30th Anniversary

  • 26 May 2019
  • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

LIVE: PBS's National Memorial Day Concert
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
Special 30th anniversary broadcast
Hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise
Sunday, May 26, 2019 8:00 - 9:30 pm Eastern

The 30th annual broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert airs live on PBS to a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, and to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. 

This year's concert will feature the following story (among others):

· A Gold Star Widow's Journey - portrayed by television series star Jaina Lee Ortiz

Summary from PBS: "For Gold Star families, every day is Memorial Day. This year, the concert will share THE JOURNEY of one widow - Ursula Palmer (Ortiz) - beginning with the day her worst fears came true, just two weeks before her husband was due to return home. While "moving on" from this devastating loss was not possible, Palmer knew that for the sake of her daughter she would have to learn to move forward. Along the way she found solace and empowerment by co-founding a new chapter of Gold Star Wives, a virtual chapter for post 9/11 widows and widowers, and by helping wounded veterans and their families."

The concert will also be streaming live on Facebook, Youtube and and available as Video on Demand, May 26 to June 9, 2019.


Thank you to our 2023 Corporate Sponsors! See 2023 Convention Sponsors.

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For additional information, or to become a Gold Star Wives Corporate Sponsor, please visit our sponsorship page.

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Gold Star Wives is a Congressionally Chartered non-profit service organization that is capable of providing services to the active duty and service-connected military surviving spouses.

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