On Sunday (May 25), Mantegna star of Criminal Minds is hosting The 2008 National Memorial Day Concert on PBS, a star-studded salute to the American Armed Forces held on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
Though many of his relatives served in the military, Mantegnas childhood Memorial Day memories revolve around barbecues and watching the Indianapolis 500, and it took this honorable hosting gig to bring back meaning of the holiday.
He says, We tend to lose sight of why it exists, but hosting this brought back the poignancy of what Memorial Day is about.
Mantegnas hosting duties involve him giving a dramatic reading to the patriotic crowd, and despite his musical background his band once toured with rockers Chicago he wont be belting out any tunes.
He says, Theyve got some incredible singers like Gladys Knight. They dont need me!
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