National Memorial Day Concert
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|National Memorial Day Concert|
A boy holding an American flag during the 2009 National Memorial Day Concert
|Created by||Jerry Colbert|
|Directed by||Paul Miller|
|Country of origin||United States|
West Lawn of the United States Capitol|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Original release||May 28, 1989 – present|
The National Memorial Day Concert is a free annual concert performed on the west lawn of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., in celebration of Memorial Day since 1989. It was held on the last Sunday in May. It is broadcast live on PBS, NPR, and can also be seen overseas by U.S. military personnel in more than 175 countries and aboard more than 200 U.S. Navy ships at sea on American Forces Network. The concert is viewed and heard by millions across the country and the world, as well as attended by more than half a million people at the United States Capitol. The concert usually begins with the U.S. national anthem by the National Symphony Orchestra who are accompanied by a recording artist except 2011 when the national anthem was sung acappella.