This Veterans Day, KUED remembers our nation’s heroes with the National Salute to Veterans, a special that airs Sunday, November 11, at 7:00 p.m. Hosted by acclaimed actors Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds) and Gary Sinise (CSI: New York), this national television event from Capitol Concerts celebrates the service and sacrifice of our 22 million American veterans.
“Our military members have a long and proud tradition of service and sacrifice,” said Capital Concerts executive producer Jerry Colbert. “We are honored to present this new broadcast in profound gratitude to our veterans and their families, and in promise to them that their dedication to our country will never be forgotten.”
The National Salute to Veterans will feature new footage shot with co-hosts Mantegna and Sinise, as well as a selection of “best of the best” moments from past National Memorial Day Concerts. The all-star line-up includes distinguished American leader General Colin L. Powell; Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Forest Whitaker; American Idol finalist Pia Toscano; singer-songwriter Javier Colon (winner of The Voice); American Idol winner Kris Allen; acclaimed actors A.J. Cook and Jason Ritter; and gospel legend Yolanda Adams, accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Jack Everly.
“We’re honored to have the opportunity to salute America’s 22 million veterans,” said KUED Program Director James Davie. “This program brings together distinguished American leaders, artists and performers in celebration of those who have served and sacrificed so much for their country.”
The broadcast will be supported by a powerful social media component and resource-rich website designed to support veterans of all ages and their families. Highlights will include a “Wall of Honor,” where personal tributes to a loved one can be posted, as well as an online forum for veterans to share their stories.
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