Joe Mantegna, Gary Sinise, Dianne Wiest, et al. Set for 2011 National Memorial Day Concert
The concert will open with a special segment remembering those who lost their lives on 9/11, and their loved ones, and commemorating the heroism of the firemen and policemen who first responded. In addition, the event will feature a special thank you from General Colin Powell to U.S. troops who have been serving in Iraq, and a tribute to World War II veterans 70 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The line-up of dignitaries and artists who are scheduled to participate in the concert includes American Idol's Kris Allen and Pia Toscano; Academy Award winners Forest Whitaker and Dianne Wiest; stage and screen star Jason Ritter; blues legend B.B. King; classical musician Hayley Westenra; tenor Daniel Rodriguez; and gospel singer Yolanda Adams, as well as the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of pops conductor Jack Everly. Additional participants will be announced shortly.