Join us at this annual Memorial Day Weekend concert for another terrific performance by the National Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Jack Everly. They have a wonderful lineup this year. Gary Sinise (CSI,) and Joe Mantegna (from many a Mamet play) return for their 9th season as hosts. Performers this year include Danielle Bradbery from The Voice, Broadway and TV star Megan Hilty, TV and music legend Doc Severinsen, and many military bands. The actual concert starts at 8 pm. The Saturday night rehearsal is not as crowded as the actual nationally televised concert on Sunday, and except for some stand-ins for the Colin Powells of the world, it's pretty much the same.
Parking on a Saturday evening in that area should be plentiful - check the meters though - and the Metro is also close by. I believe Federal center SW should be the closest (but please check for yourself) and the Archives and Union Station are also not too far. They will allow food and drinks to be brought in but nothing alcoholic. If you can bring something to share with the group all the better. Also bring a towel or blanket - or low chair - so we can spread out on the lawn. High chairs are discouraged.
PBS's National Memorial Day Concert, the iconic event that has become a national tradition, will mark its 25th anniversary with a special tribute to our men and women in uniform, their families at home, and all those who have given their lives for our country. Live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the inspiring night of remembrance will offer veterans from Afghanistan the grateful thanks of our nation, commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II's D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy, and look back at the stories of service and sacrifice featured throughout the years during the annual concert.