The concert will air on the American Forces Network and will be live-streamed on PBS, YouTube and Facebook

By Georgia Slater
May 23, 2020 01:00 PM
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PBS will continue its 31-year tradition of honoring America's military heroes with a star-studded National Memorial Day Concert.

The show, which is typically held on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, will be aired as a virtual concert due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and will celebrate members of the military and veterans.

PEOPLE has an exclusive preview of the concert, during which several celebrities share messages of support and salute America's heroes.

Courteney Cox and Jimmy Kimmel pay tribute to those who have ever served on the frontlines. "To all who have ever worn the uniform for our country, to every man and woman who has ever served our nation in uniform," the pair say.

"To all you real-life Captain Americas and Captain Marvels out there, we hold you in our hearts," Avengers costars Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Evans say.

George Clooney adds, "We honor the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of this country that we hold so dear."

"We stand with you, we stand by you," Jennifer Garner and Zoë Saldana say.

"Every individual who wore the uniform, sacrificed their lives for all of us, thank you," Milo Ventimiglia concludes.

On Sunday, Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise will return as hosts for the concert, and the show will include additional pre-taped messages from stars including Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg, Anthony Ramos, Blair Underwood, Brian Tee, Chely Wright, Denis Leary, Dule Hill, Graham Greene, Jaina Lee Ortiz, Jimmy Smits, Jon Hamm, Lindsey Vonn, Lisa Kudrow, Marcia Gay Harden, Noah Wylie, Rita Moreno, S. Epatha Merkerson, Steven Weber, Sugar Ray Leonard and Vanessa Williams.

The 90-minute concert will also feature performances by Cynthia Erivo, Renée Fleming, Trace Adkins, CeCe Winans, Christopher Jackson and the National Symphony Orchestra.

“I think this [show] will be very fondly remembered,” co-host Mantegna told Deadline. “We will look back at this year and say, ‘You know what? We did a good job of overcoming this strange time in nation’s history.”

The concert will air on Sunday, May 24, at 8 p.m. EST on the American Forces Network and will be live-streamed on PBS, YouTube and Facebook. The show will also be available on-demand.

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