The National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Jack Everly, performs “The Armed Forces Medley” during the 2017 National Memorial Day Concert. The National Memorial Day Concert is a free annual concert performed on the west lawn of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., in celebration of Memorial Day since 1989. It is broadcast live on PBS, NPR, and can also be seen overseas by U.S. military personnel in more than 175 countries and aboard more than 200 U.S. Navy ships at sea on American Forces Network. The concert is viewed and heard by millions across the country and the world, as well as attended by more than half a million people at the United States Capitol. The concert begins with the U.S. national anthem by the National Symphony Orchestra who are accompanied by a recording artist except 2011 when the national anthem was sung a capella.