Alan Jackson to Perform National Memorial Day Concert: When, How to Watch

by Emily Morgan
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Alan Jackson fans are in for a treat during PBS’ 2021 National Memorial Day Concert: A Night of Remembrance. In addition to Jackson, the all-star lineup includes performances by Mickey Guyton and Vince Gill. 

As for Alan Jackson, he recently released his first studio album in six years on May 14. Meanwhile, Guyton was recently up for her first Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance. She also co-hosted the ACM Awards, where she earned an ACM nomination for New Female Artist of the Year.

The concert will open with the National Anthem sung by Guyton. It will also feature tear-jerking tributes to Vietnam nurses, Gold Star Families, and the American lives lost in war. 

The concert will also include appearances by actors Joe Mortan and Steve Buscemi. Other performers include singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, Gladys Knight, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees the Four Tops. Actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise will host the show. 

“I am honored to be returning for my 15th year as a co-host of the National Memorial Day Concert, Sinise said. “Hosting this concert, year after year, means the world to me because we can never do enough to remember the sacrifices of the men and women who serve our country.”

National Memorial Day Concert to Honor Veterans, 9/11

The National Memorial Day Concert is an annual concert held each year to honor all Americans who lost their lives on the frontlines. Previous concerts have included performances from Charles Esten, Scotty McCreery, Alison Krauss, Trace Adkins, and the Beach Boys.

The event organizers typically hold the concert on the Capitol grounds. However, for this year’s concert, it will be pre-taped and broadcast later due to the pandemic.

Viewers can tune in Sunday, May 30, at 8 PM ET. Fans will also be able to stream the concert online for two weeks after the initial broadcast.

PBS notes that “The concert is broadcast on PBS as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network.

“AFRTS [Armed Forces Radio and Television Service] uses seven satellites along with digital compression technology to provide multiple television and stereo audio services to over 1,000 outlets in more than 175 countries and U.S. territories and on board U.S. Navy ships,” the PBS website adds.

There will also be a tribute to the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Steve Buscemi will hosts the segment against a backdrop of the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York. 

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