National Memorial Day Concert
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The National Memorial Day Concert is a free annual concert performed on the west lawn of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., in celebration of Memorial Day since 1989. It is held on the last Sunday in May. It is broadcast live on PBS, NPR, and can also be seen overseas by U.S. military personnel in more than 175 countries and aboard more than 200 U.S. Navy ships at sea on American Forces Network. The concert is viewed and heard by millions across the country and the world, as well as attended by more than half a million people at the United States Capitol. The concert, the national counterpart of the Royal British Legion's Festival of Remembrance, usually begins with the American national anthem by the National Symphony Orchestra, followed by music and dramatic readings commemorating the holiday and its importance.
|National Memorial Day Concert|
A boy holding an American flag during the 2009 National Memorial Day Concert
|Created by||Jerry Colbert|
|Directed by||Paul Miller|
|Opening theme||"The Star-Spangled Banner"|
|Ending theme||Armed Forces Medley|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production location(s)||West Lawn of the United States Capitol|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Original release||May 28, 1989 –|