With Memorial day Just a couple of days away, Kix 95.3’s The Luceman in the morning had the honor of interviewing Diane Carlson Evans.
Diane was the head nurse of a combat zone surgical unit during the Vietnam War, and later, the driving force to get the Vietnam Women’s Memorial built in Washington DC, which she wrote about in her book HEALING WOUNDS. Diane will be honored along with all nurses who served in a special segment during this Sunday’s National Memorial Day concert on PBS… Check out the interview below…
Make sure to watch or set your DVR for the PBS National Memorial Day Concert This Sunday (5/30/21) At 8pm. To listen to our interview with Emmy award winning actress Kathy Baker who will be reading the words of Diane Carlson Evans just click HERE!
PBS’ NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT:
A NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE
RETURNS WITH PERFORMANCES AND TRIBUTES FROM
WASHINGTON, D.C. AND AROUND THE COUNTRY
HONORING ALL OF OUR AMERICAN HEROES
All-Star Line-up Hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise
with General Colin Powell, Gladys Knight, Vince Gill, Sara Bareilles,
Alan Jackson, Denyce Graves, The Four Tops, Steve Buscemi,
Joe Morton, Brian d’Arcy James, Kathy Baker, Mary McCormack, Bailee Madison
and the National Symphony Orchestra,
with a Special Performance of the National Anthem by Mickey Guyton
Featuring a Tribute to our Heroic American Nurses from the Vietnam War,
a 20th Anniversary Remembrance of 9/11, and more
Washington, DC, May 4, 2021 – Capital Concerts announced today a special presentation of the
NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT on PBS, hosted by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and
Emmy Award-winning actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise with all-star performances and tributes
from Washington, D.C. and around the country honoring all of our American heroes. Because of the
ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the traditional live concert on the West Lawn of the U.S.
Capitol will not be held. The special pre-taped 90-minute presentation of the 32nd annual
NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will air on Sunday, May 30, 2021 honoring our men and
women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.
A three decades-long tradition unlike anything else on television, this deeply moving and
reverential night takes us back to the real meaning of the holiday through personal stories
interwoven with musical performances by the National Symphony Orchestra and guest artists. The
2021 NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT will share the following stories:
Vietnam Nurses Tribute – performed by Emmy Award-winning actress Kathy Baker
The concert will honor the more than 265,000 women who served during the Vietnam War
era and pay special tribute to the sacrifice and heroism of the nurses who served in
Vietnam, saving thousands of lives and comforting the dying in their final moments. The
experiences of Diane Carlson Evans, founder of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in
Washington, D.C., will be shared.
70th Anniversary of the Korean War – portrayed by Emmy Award-winning actor Joe
Now, seventy years after the Korean War, the concert will pay tribute to the more than 1.7
million Americans sent to fight in this brutal conflict, and the over 36,000 American lives
lost. No group exemplified the courage and heroism of our fighting forces more than the 2nd
Ranger Infantry Company. Taking on dangerous assignments, serving with distinction and
honor, this elite Airborne unit was the Army’s only all-black Ranger Infantry Company. On
the cusp of our military’s integration, these trailblazing heroes changed attitudes, and
opened possibilities for all African American men and women in uniform.
20th Anniversary of 9/11 and Gold Star Families – featuring Emmy and Golden Globe
Award-winning actor Steve Buscemi (BOARDWALK EMPIRE), acclaimed actresses Mary
McCormack (WEST WING) and Bailee Madison (A WEEK AWAY).
This Memorial Day, in a segment hosted by Steve Buscemi, the concert will commemorate
the 20 years since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, remembering all those who died
that tragic day and in the twenty years since in service to our nation. It was a pivotal time
for the country, and many Americans were inspired to join our all-volunteer armed forces.
The concert will honor these service members and their families affected by a generation at
war and share the poignant story of one Gold Star Family.
Following the horrific 9/11 attacks, Staff Sergeant Joseph Phaneuf II was inspired to rejoin
the National Guard and was soon deployed to Iraq and then Afghanistan. After five years of
service, Phaneuf died in December, 2006, of injuries suffered when an IED detonated near
his humvee during combat operations. Left to grieve were his wife Michele, a son and two
young daughters. Since his untimely passing, Michele and Jordan, who was only 9 at the
time, remember him and the sacrifices he gave for his country.
America’s national night of remembrance features: distinguished American statesman General
Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret); “Empress of Soul” and seven-time Grammy Award-winner Gladys
Knight; country music superstar and 22-time Grammy Award-winner Vince Gill; Grammy Award-
winner, Tony and Emmy Award-nominated singer, songwriter, actress and author Sara Bareilles;
multi-platinum selling country music icon and Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winner Alan
Jackson; Emmy and Grammy Award-winning international mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves;
Motown legends and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Tops; Broadway, film and television
star Brian d’Arcy James; the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of top pops
conductor Jack Everly;
a new special edition of annual audience favorite Salute to Services with the Joint Chiefs of Staff from the
Pentagon; and a special message from General Mark A. Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Country music star and Grammy-nominee Mickey Guyton will open the show with a special
performance of the national anthem.
The NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT airs on PBS Sunday, May 30, 2021, from 8:00 to 9:30
p.m. E.T., as well as to our troops serving around the world on the American Forces Network. The
concert will also be streaming on Facebook, YouTube and www.pbs.org/national-memorial-day-
concert and available as Video on Demand, May 30 to June 13, 2021.
Also participating are members from The U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, The U.S. Army Voices and
Army Chorus, The Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, The U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters,
The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants, and Service Color Teams provided by the Military District of
The NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT is pleased to welcome new underwriter the Horatio
Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, a nonprofit educational organization honoring the
achievements of outstanding individuals and ensuring the American dream for future generations
through one of the nation’s largest privately-funded, need-based scholarship programs.
The concert is also made possible by grants from: the National Park Service, the Corporation for
Public Broadcasting, the Department of the Army, General Dynamics, PBS and public television
stations nationwide. Air travel is provided by American Airlines.
About Capital Concerts
Capital Concerts is the nation’s leading producer of live patriotic television shows, including PBS’s
highest-rated performance specials: the NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT and A CAPITOL
FOURTH, the premier celebrations of America’s most important holidays broadcast from the U.S.
Capitol in Washington, D.C. For over 40 years, these two award-winning productions have become
national traditions, bringing us together as one family of Americans to celebrate our freedom and
democratic ideals and to pay tribute to those who defend them. The holiday specials have been
honored with over 80 awards including the New York Film Festival Award, the Golden Cine Award,
and the Writer’s Guild of America Award.
The program is a co-production of Michael Colbert of Capital Concerts and WETA, Washington, D.C.
Executive producer Michael Colbert has assembled an award-winning production team that
features the top Hollywood talent behind some of television’s most prestigious entertainment
awards shows including the ACADEMY AWARDS, GRAMMY AWARDS, COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS,
TONY AWARDS, and more.