2013 National Memorial Day Concert
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
Sunday May 26, 2013
The concert, held on the West Lawn of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., is open to the public, and it is free.
No tickets are necessary.
General Admission gates will open at 5:00 p.m.
Members of the FSC will gather at 6:30 PM. Look for the FSC signs about 20 yards from center stage. Bring your picnic food & drinks, blankets and lawn chairs.
The concert starts at 8:00 PM and ends at 9:30 PM.
Taking the Metro to the concert site is strongly advised due to traffic volume and street closings put in place for the event. The nearest stations are Federal Center SW (Orange/Blue line) and Union Station (Red line). The Capitol South Metro station will be closed for this event.
Security checkpoints will be set up for search of bags and parcels. Guests will be required to enter through a metal detector. The gates are located at the Southwest corner of the Capitol grounds.
Anyone attending events on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol must adhere to security screening procedures before entering the event site. This will include an administrative search of all bags, coolers, backpacks, and closed containers.
For this event, food items are permitted. You are encouraged to bring your own supply of water or an empty water bottle that can be filled at on-site water stations.
Alcoholic beverages of any kind and glass bottles are prohibited.
You may enter the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol from:
First Street, NW and Constitution Avenue, NW
Third Street, NW and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
First Street, SW and Independence Avenue, SW
Third Street, SW and Maryland Avenue, SW
The program is co-hosted Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veteran’s causes and supporting troops in active service.
The 2013 National Memorial Day Concert features these award-winning stars and well-known personalities:
General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)
Maestro Jack Everly
The National Symphony Orchestra
Military District of Washington
U.S. Army Herald Trumpets
The U.S. Army Chorus
The Soldiers’ Chorus of The United States Army Field Band
U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters
U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants
The concert is broadcast live from 8:00 PM until 9:30 PM EDT on PBS and live via American Forces Network to the nearly one million American service men and women, Department of Defense civilians and their families overseas, stationed at bases in 175 countries, as well as 140 U.S. Navy ships at sea.
PBS stations will replay the National Memorial Day Concert immediately after the show concludes, from 9:30 PM - 11:00 PM EDT and will again replay the show within a few days.