True Stories Brought to Life by National Memorial Day Concert
Elated is not even the word when I got the invitation to attend the rehearsal of the 2017 National Memorial Day Concert on the West Lawn of the US Capitol. Once I got the details I realized it was a star-studded event of actors, singers, and songwriters, bands, that I would get a chance to view performances and speak with them about their participation. The dress rehearsal is for press and milspouse influencers invited for a meet and greet before the event airs on Memorial Day.
For 29 years PBS most National Memorial Day concert to pay tribute to those who have paid the ultimate price for our nation's freedom. This concert is meant to be a national memorial service on Memorial Day simply remember the true meaning of the day among our outings and BBQs with friends and family.
Once I arrived I realized exactly how phenomenal this event was and the people who not only participate but also run it from behind the scenes. They are all so vested and working hard in assuring a beautiful tribute and production in honor of our fallen heroes and their families for the nation to see. You can see it in every detail.
This event was no joke. Lots of running around and the weather, of course, flip-flopped back and forth between hot, windy and rainy. But, I was happy to be there alongside Capital Concerts, media outlets, and fellow milspouse influencers
As the day progressed I got to watch performances of singing, bands playing and skits of beautiful real stories brought to life by the actors. To be honest, the most touching moments for me were the feature untold stories of those who have fought, survived the war, build lifelong relationships and broken barriers. Getting a chance to view these ahead of time really put into perspective the depths of what Memorial Day is all about and how much time is put into producing such an impactful event, very emotional.
One of my main highlight of this event for me was getting a chance to interview some of those celebrities on our Facebook Live Stream and ask them a few questions about how it felt to be part of the event, what it took to get into the characters roles and send our military families a shoutout. Guests such as Alfie Boe, John Corbett, Brian Tee, Mary McCormack, Allison Janney, Lt. Dan Band and Spensha Baker. When you get a chance head over to our FB, take a listen, get a sneak peek and tell me what you think.
Make sure to tune in and watch performances from Leona Lewis, Lt. Dan Band, and Spensha Baker, for the live broadcast of the 29th National Memorial Day Concert on the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day, Sunday, May 27th from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. You can also follow the event on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
-By Moni Jefferson