This year the National Memorial Day Concert will pay special tribute to a mother, Ruth Stonesfer, who's son was the first casualty in the Afghanistan War. The loss of Ruth's youngest child led to her becoming president of the Gold Star Mothers.
As this multi award-winning event continues its two decades long tradition of honoring the service and sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform, their families at home and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Loyal viewers around the country and attendees on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol return year after year to experience this memorial service for our nation.
Watch celebrities on the National Memorial Day Concert share their experiences performing at this powerful event, and reflect on what this holiday means to them.
Hosted by internationally renowned mezzo soprano Denyce Graves and taped at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, Tennessee, nearly 700 student musicians join the Belmont School of Music to present this production of traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music and light-hearted seasonal favorites.
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