PBS honors the military with a Memorial Day concert tonight 7 pm

As the Bay Area gets ready for Memorial Day PBS offers a wonderful concert

Throughout the Tampa Bay area and central Florida people will be having picnics, going to the beach or maybe taking a short family trip as we start celebrating the unofficial beginning of summer. It is the Memorial Day weekend and while Floridians catch some ray’s PBS is planning a big Sunday event, their 28th national Memorial Day concert, hosted by Emmy and Tony Award winner Laurence Fishburne and Tony Award winner Joe Mantegna, airs at 8 p.m. seen on WEDU in the Tampa Bay area and in Orlando you can catch the concert on WUCF.

According to PBS and confirmed by Associated Press, the concert’s mission is to unite the country in remembrance and appreciation of the fallen and to serve those who are grieving. For almost three decades, PBS has inspired viewers with the annual broadcast of the multi-award-winning Memorial Day concert, dedicated to our men and women in uniform, their families at home, and all those who have given their lives for our country.

Recently, executive producer Jerry Colbert told the Associated Press, “We think of the agony of the mother or father who lost a child, the spouses and children left behind, the people who are wounded in body and soul. And we do this memorial service to remember and reach out to them. We must remember their sacrifices and continue the mission set forth by Abraham Lincoln to ‘care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan.’ “

Again, as per PBS, the 2017 concert will feature tributes to the 70th anniversary of the United States Air Force, as well as some of the most skilled aviators of World War II — the Tuskegee Airmen. The evening will also include spotlights on the healing journey of a Gold Star family from the Vietnam era, now supporting other grieving families from recent conflicts, and Captain Luis Avila’s story of courage, faith, perseverance and hope after being severely wounded in a roadside bomb blast.

Thanks to the Associated Press and PBS for the quotes and information used in this story. VIDEO FROM PBS. 








Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved s and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.