The 2010 National Memorial Day Concert airs tonight Sunday May 30th on PBS from 8:00 to 9:30 PM ET (check your local listings)
The above picture from rehearsal shows some of the wonderful people involved including Criminal Minds' own Joe Mantegna and AJ Cook. Joe will be co-hosting once again with Gary Sinise and AJ will be taking part in a dramatic reading with Tony and Emmy-award winning actress Blythe Danner.
Joe has participated in this event for nine years and it is one that he holds very dear to his heart. He has said that though not very politically involved, he whole-heartedly supports our troops and their families and is honored to have been part of this program for so long. This Tony-award winner has been co-hosting the concert for the last five-years with acclaimed actor Gary Sinise.
One of the main focuses of the program this year is honoring the sacrifices, suffering and love of a new generation of young military widows whose fallen spouses served in Iraq and Afghanistan. AJ will be performing a dramatic reading of the story of Taryn Davis who was 21 when her husband was killed in Iraq. It's a story of her journey to healing that led to her finding support with the Widows of Veterans Yahoo Group, to her bond with Glenda Davis who lost her husband to the Vietnam War, and eventually to her non-profit organization, American Widow Project. Two very different generations of women having to deal with the same pain. Blythe Danner will be sharing Glenda Davis' story with us.
You can read more about tonight's program in the following link:
Credit for the above pictures to Kris Connor (group shot) and to P. Morigi (pictures of Joe and AJ)