Daughtry and American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez are among the musical acts performing at this year's National Memorial Day concert, which airs on PBS Sunday, May 27 at 8 p.m., from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building.
The show will be co-hosted by actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise; others on the bill include Selma Blair, Ellen Burstyn and Dennis Franz. In addition to Daughtry, performers include Natalie Cole, country star Trace Adkins and opera singer Russell Watson, as well as choruses or bands from every branch of the U.S. military.
Jessica told TV Guide that she'll be performing "The Prayers" -- one of the numbers she sang on the American Idol finale Tuesday night -- as well as the national anthem. She said, "I've known these songs my whole life and they're both special to me. I'm really happy about this."
The national anthem is particularly meaningful to Jessica, since her father and grandfather are both military men. Her dad is currently in the Navy and her grandfather is retired from that branch of the service.
Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to attend the concert live. It'll also be broadcast to U.S. troops serving around the world via the American Forces Network.
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