National Memorial Day Concert

Soldiers looking from the Speakers balcony at the live concert  on the west lawn

Highlights of the Concert

Gloria Estefan performed on the 2015 National Memorial Day Concert in honor of her father, a Vietnam War veteran to whom she dedicated her National Artistic Achievement Award, given to her on A Capitol Fourth (2005.)


Each year, the National Memorial Day Concert presents a unique program honoring the valor and patriotism of Americans who have served our country. The show pays tribute to their sacrifices, as well as those of their families and loved ones.

The concert is co-hosted by Tony Award winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award winner Gary Sinise. The 2016 broadcast marks the eleventh year that these acclaimed actors, who have dedicated themselves to veterans’ causes and supporting our troops in active service, have hosted the event.

The all-star lineup will include distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); and the National Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. Also participating are the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff with The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Chorus, The Soldiers' Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters, The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, and the Armed Forces Color Guard and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of Washington, D.C. (additional performers to be announced.)