Memorial Day programming recognizes veterans
Thursday, May 26, 2011
KET honors the service and sacrifice of American men and women in uniform, their families at home, and all those who have given their lives for the country with the annual broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert, airing Sunday, May 29 at 8/7 pm CT on KET2 and 9:30/8:30 pm CT on KET.
The award-winning event, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, is co-hosted for the sixth year by Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (CSI: New York) and Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds). The broadcast airs live before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, and on the American Forces Network to service members stationed at bases in 175 countries as well as 140 U.S. Navy ships at sea.
Special guests/talent include: distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.); American Idol winner Kris Allen; Academy and Emmy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest; King of the Blues, B.B. King; classical superstar Hayley Westenra; and America’s beloved tenor Daniel Rodriguez, the New York City policeman who united the country after the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Then, on Monday, May 30 at 8/7 pm CT on KET and 10/9 pm on KET2, Hallowed Grounds provides a rare visit to America’s extraordinary overseas military cemeteries and powerful stories about the men and women who are buried there.
Over on the Kentucky Channel, check out Salute to Kentucky Soldiers: The 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard. The 202nd Army Band of the Kentucky National Guard performs a diverse selection of tunes at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset. Featured songs include standards such as marches and music of the Big Band era, as well as locally composed music, airing Monday, May 30 at 9/8 pm CT on KETKY.