National Memorial Day Concert

Remembering Jerry Colbert

Remembering Jerry Colbert

We remember Jerry Colbert, National Memorial Day Concert Founder and Executive Producer.

“Let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan.”

– Abraham Lincoln

It is with heavy hearts that the National Memorial Day Concert shares the passing of Founder and Executive Producer Jerry Colbert. 

Jerry’s lifelong calling was to use the medium of television to make a difference and to promote personal and national healing. A Capitol Fourth and the National Memorial Day Concert are two of television’s longest-running live shows that commemorate America’s most important holidays.

Jerry believed so deeply in supporting America’s troops. Every year he helped to bring our country together through the National Memorial Day Concert, but Jerry’s commitment to the men and women in the Armed Forces, veterans and military families extended far beyond the concert. This dedication was demonstrated throughout his life as he worked with numerous organizations to help families of the fallen, wounded warriors and homeless veterans.

When Jerry established the National Memorial Day Concert, he set out to create a memorial service for the nation. His energy, creativity and determination led to moving concerts of gratitude year after year featuring music, song, images and spoken word. Jerry’s compelling way of sharing stories of war and its aftermath has helped Americans understand the hardships faced by our service men and women, and their families. Reflecting on this mission last year, Jerry shared, “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.”

The 2017 National Memorial Day Concert will pay tribute to Jerry Colbert’s enduring legacy of patriotism and faith, which will continue to inspire this patriotic event at the U.S. Capitol for many years to come.

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