Live From the U.S. Capitol, All-Star Line-Up Features: General Colin Powell, Renee Fleming, The Beach Boys, Katharine McPhee, Trace Adkins, S. Epatha Merkerson, Esai Morales and Alfie Boe with Special Performance of National Anthem By AMERICAN IDOL Season 15 Winner Trent Harmon –
For over a quarter century, PBS has inspired viewers with the annual broadcast of the multi award-winning NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (#MemDayPBS), dedicated 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 night of remembrance will honor the over 400,000 valiant men and women who are laid to rest in the hallowed grounds of Arlington National Cemetery; and chronicle the experiences of the millions of American veterans who still suffer from the seen and unseen wounds of war.
Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (CRIMINAL MINDS) and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (CRIMINAL MINDS: WITHOUT BORDERS) are set to co-host this poignant and heart-warming event for the 11th year. The acclaimed actors, whose dedication to the show is evident, are also longtime supporters of veterans’ causes and our troops in active service. The all-star line-up includes: distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); world-renowned four-time Grammy Award-winning classical superstar Renee Fleming; iconic music legends The Beach Boys; gifted actress and singer Katharine McPhee (SCORPION); country music star and Grammy-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry Trace Adkins; Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning actress S. Epatha Merkerson (CHICAGO MED, LAW & ORDER); Award-winning actor Esai Morales (MOZART IN THE JUNGLE); plus Tony Award-winning international sensation Alfie Boe, who has just joined the Broadway cast of the smash hit FINDING NEVERLAND; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestraunder the direction of top pops conductor Jack Everly. And marking the end of an era, Trent Harmon, the final winner of AMERICAN IDOL, will open the show with a special performance of the “National Anthem.”
The 27th annual broadcast of the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT airs live on PBSSunday, May 29, 2016, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.
KRISTEN HEWITT - HOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THREE-DAY WEEKENDS, MEMORIAL DAY & FOURTH OF JULY…OR JUST PLAN A SPECIAL FAMILY VACATION ADVENTURE
SUPER MOM EXPLAINS THE IMPORTANCE OF WEEKEND GETAWAYS
Emmy Award winning reporter, columnist, blogger and mother of two Kristen Hewitt is teaming up with Hampton by Hilton to inspire more people to become Seekenders. You may ask, “What is a Seekender?” Well, Seekenders are travel savvy-individuals who take advantage of the weekend to explore and pursue their passions. Whether you have planned time off or not, there is Memorial Day, Fourth of July and an entire summer of weekends ahead to plan your ultimate Seekender adventure, and Kristen is here to help. Your audience will learn why the perfect time to take advantage of three-day weekends is NOW and how to travel around your passions whether that’s sports, food, music or the great outdoors. Whether you still love the classic, two-person American road trip, or prefer to travel with family to share lifetime memories, find out why there’s a little bit of Seekender in all of us.
HOW SAVVY TRAVELERS CAN EXPLORE THEIR GLOBAL NEIGHBORHOOD:
- CREATE —How to Create a “non-agenda” agenda & get the most for your money
- SELECT —Choose the ideal hotel with amenities like hot breakfast & free WiFi
- FORGET—Savor the local cuisine and forget the diet
- HIT IT—Find the city hotspots and create an ultimate Seekender visit
Hewitt is a two-time Emmy Award winning television reporter and producer for Sun Sports. She worked in the sports broadcasting arena for over a decade, both behind the scenes and in front of the camera. She was a Host for the Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Fox Sports Florida and a Feature Producer for the Orlando Magic. Hewitt is well-known for her popular parenting blog “MOMMY in SPORTS” and you can also find her articles in the Huffington Post, She Knows, parenting websites such as Bundoo, Scary Mommy and TODAY Parents.
NINA TYLER, GOOGLE TECHNOLOGIST -THE LATEST TRENDS AND TECH DEVICES
This month, Google will unveil the world's latest technology and mobile innovations at its annual developer-focused conference: Google I/O.
More than 7,000 creative coders will descend upon Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, for three days of sessions, hands-on demonstrations and insight into Google's latest products and developer tools. Together, they'll explore the latest in mobile applications and beyond.
Previous Google I/O conferences have featured the live broadcast skydive onto the Moscone Convention Center using Google Glass and Google+, as well as the launch of software/hardware, Android TV, Android Wear, Google Photos and Cardboard. Attendees have also learned how Google services can help take their web and mobile apps to the next level.
NINA TYLER, GOOGLE TECHNOLOGIST GIVES A ROUND-UP OF ALL THE MAJOR GOOGLE I/O ANNOUNCEMENTS:
• Major Technology Announcements: Breakthrough moments at Google I/O
• Consumer Round-up: What hot new apps, features and gadgets will be available for consumers