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2010 Memorial Day Performances

May 19, 2010

"Pershing's Own" Takes Part in National Memorial Day Events

Among all the ceremonies and remembrances going on in and around the Nation's Capital, several featuring the talented musicians of "Pershing's Own" will be open to the public. Here is a quick glimpse of two such events.

Thursday, May 27 | 11:00 AM
Lincoln Memorial
Intersection of Independence Ave and 23rd Street SW | Washington, DC

Get your Memorial Day Weekend off to a great start with the United States Army Band and the United States Postal Service as they team up to honor legendary singer and entertainer Kate Smith during a stamp dedication ceremony May 27 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

Dr. Joseph W. Westphal, under secretary of the Army, and John E. Potter, postmaster general and chief executive officer, United States Postal Service will serve as dedicating officials, and The U.S. Army Brass Quintet will perform.

With this stamp, the Postal Service honors Smith, who is best known for her rendition of Irving Berlin's "God Bless America." Smith introduced the song on her radio show in 1938 to mark the 20th anniversary of the end of World War I. She was considered a good-luck charm when she sang "God Bless America" at the opening of Philadelphia Flyers' hockey games. The Flyers won two Stanley Cups and other big games when she sang the song.

The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will be held at 11 a.m. on May 27 at the Reflecting Pool Steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the intersection of Independence Avenue and 23rd Street in southwest Washington, DC. For more information, contact: Roy Betts, U.S. Postal Service, Corporate Communications, 202-268-3207; e-mail at roy.a.betts@usps.gov.

Sunday, May 30 | 8:00 PM ET (Broadcast live on PBS -- check local listings)
West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol
Free event, no tickets required

The 2010 National Memorial Day Concert will focus on three main themes: honoring the sacrifices, suffering, and love of a new generation of young military widows whose fallen spouses served in Iraq and Afghanistan; paying tribute on the 60th anniversary of the Korean War to the heroic service of the soldiers who fought and perished; paying homage to the more than 125,000 WWI and WWII service members who did not come home but rest in 24 military cemeteries in the foreign lands where they fought for liberty.

The program is co-hosted for the fifth year by Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise ("CSI: New York") and Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna ("Criminal Minds"), two acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans' causes and supporting our troops in active service. Joining them will be an all-star line-up of dignitaries, actors and musical artists, including The U.S. Army Chorus and The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets.

For more than 20 years this top-rated annual program has honored the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country. The show is broadcast live in High Definition from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before an expected live audience of hundreds of thousands, to millions more at home and, 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.

For more information, visit www.pbs.org/memorialdayconcert/concert