Are you ready to celebrate Memorial Day with some of your favorite country music stars?
PBS will air its annual National Memorial Day Concert: A Night of Remembrance this month. And there are plenty of country music faces to tune in for. Alan Jackson, Mickey Guyton and Vince Gill will all perform during the show. You can catch Guyton right from the beginning of the concert as she will perform the National Anthem to open the show.
The annual show has aired for three decades. And, according to PBS’s website, the concert is designed to “honor the military service and sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform, their families and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”
Actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise will host the show. And several celebrities are slated to make appearances including General Colin Powell, Gladys Knight, Sara Bareilles, Denyce Graves, The Four Tops, Steve Buscemi, Joe Morton, Brian d’Arcy James, Kathy Baker, Mary McCormack, Bailee Madison and the National Symphony Orchestra.
The National Memorial Day Concert: A Night of Remembrance will air on Sunday, May 30 at 8 p.m. ET on PBS. It will also be available to stream online for two weeks on Facebook, YouTube and the PBS website. Additionally, fans can watch the concert via Video on Demand from May 30 to June 13.
So what songs will Alan Jackson perform for the occasion? Details have not yet been released about Jackson’s set list. But we’re sure it will be patriotic.
Alan Jackson Has A History Of Patriotic Songs
Over 19 years ago, Alan Jackson attempted to reunite and comfort our country with his song, “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)?” The song debuted as a single on Jackson’s 10th studio album “Drive,” which he released in 2002. Upon its release, the song soared to the top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.
So, what made the song so special? “Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)?” was Alan Jackson’s response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York. During an interview in 2011, Jackson talked about how the song came to him while he was waking up one morning.
“I woke up one morning around 4 a.m. a few weeks afterward and had that chorus going through my head,” said Jackson. “The song came out of nowhere in the middle of the night — just a gift.”
Alan Jackson ended up winning a Grammy Award for Best Country Song for the song. He also won the ACM and CMA Awards for Song of the Year and Single of the Year. The song was especially popular with members of the military. So, we can only hope he’ll add the song to his set for the upcoming Memorial Day concert.