The 2011 National Memorial Day Concert, featuring a special commemoration of 9/11, will air Sunday, May 29, at 7 p.m. on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) and repeat at 8:30 p.m.
The multi-award-winning event will also continue its two-decade tradition of honoring the service and sacrifice of all men and women in uniform who have protected America and their families and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the country.
They are our sons and daughters; husbands, friends and sweethearts, General Colin Powell said. We honor the sacrifices each of them has made for us, and we respect the deep sacrifices their families have also made.
They are the spirit and the strength of America.
The National Memorial Day Concert will be co-hosted for the sixth year by Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (CSI: New York) and Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds), two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans causes and supporting troops in active service.
The all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors and musical artists participating in the 22nd annual broadcast includes: distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell; American Idol winner Kris Allen of Conway and finalist Pia Toscano; Academy, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker; two-time Academy and Emmy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest; B.B. King; Jason Ritter; Hayley Westenra; Daniel Rodriguez, the New York city policeman who united the country after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks; and Yolanda Adams. They will perform with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly
The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansass statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. For more information, visit www.aetn.org, or follow the AETN blog at www.aetn.org/engage. AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro), and KETZ (El Dorado).