Area veteran will attend Memorial Day concert

World War II veteran Vince Hagg of Altoona is one of a number of veterans who will be in attendance during PBS’s National Memorial Day Concert at 8 p.m. Sunday on PBS.

The concert will mark its 25th anniversary with a special tribute to our men and women in uniform, their families at home and all those who have given their lives for our country.

Live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, the night of remembrance will offer veterans from Afghanistan the grateful thanks of our nation, commemorate the 70th anniversary of World War II’s D-Day invasion on the beaches of Normandy and look back at the stories of service and sacrifice featured throughout the years during the annual concert.

The 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of the Normandy beaches of France will be commemorated in 2014, a moment that turned the war in favor of the Allies.

These World War II veterans who participated in the D-Day invasion will be honored and featured in this tribute to the sacrifices of our nation’s Greatest Generation.

The concert will be co-hosted for the ninth year by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise, acclaimed actors who have dedicated themselves to veterans’ causes and supporting our troops in active service.

They will be joined by an all-star line-up including distinguished American leader Colin L. Powell USA (Ret.); two-time Academy and Emmy Award-winning actress Dianne Wiest; country music sensation and “The Voice” 2013 winner Danielle Bradbery; Broadway and television star Megan Hilty; musical prodigy Jackie Evancho; and tenor Anthony Kearns; in performance with the National Symphony Orchestra under the direction of conductor Jack Everly.