Military veterans and active-duty service members were among the millions of fans who gathered, on 11 November, at the National Mall in Washington DC for the ‘Concert For Valor’.
Hoped to become an annual event, the free Veterans Day concert aimed to pay tribute to veterans and their families as well as to raise awareness of their service.
Jennifer Hudson sings the National Anthem on the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, 11 November, 2014, during the ‘Concert for Valor’ (photo: Seattlepi)
HBO, Starbucks and Chase Corp. sponsored the first edition of the all-star concert which offered “a national stage for ensuring that veterans and their families know that their fellow Americans’ gratitude is genuine,” as HBO wrote in a statement a month before the music event was held.
The artists who wowed the audience while performing on Veterans Day included Bruce Springsteen, Rihanna, Eminem, Black Keys, Jessie J, Carrie Underwood, Dave Grohl and Metallica.
Musicians Bruce Springsteen (L), Dave Grohl and Zac Brown (R) perform during the ‘Concert For Valor’ (photo: Reuters)
Singer Carrie Underwood and The Singing Sergeants of the U.S. Air Force perform during the ‘Concert For Valor’ on Veterans’ Day (photo: Reuters)
Being the first of its kind, organisers expected hundreds of thousands of people to pack the Washington’s National Mall in order to make the event the biggest one of the year held in the mall.
People Gather On The National Mall For The ‘Concert For Valor’ (photo: Anesakajtazovic)
“This is the first time since I’ve been back that I’ve felt honoured to be back home, and I’m 65 years old,” said a disabled Vietnam veteran from Washington. “They treated us like criminals when we came back home. They didn’t give us a parade”, CBS News reads.
Tickets were free, but donations were accepted in order to raise money for causes related to war veterans.
The ‘Concert For Valor’ was broadcast live by HBO which made the signal available for non-subscribers. Online streaming was also available.
Prominent figures such as Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg enriched the already amazing music event studded with the most talented artists hosting their video tributes to honour the veterans some of whom took to the stage to be awarded the Medal of Honour.