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‘Idol’ alums Jessica Sanchez, Daughtry perform at US Memorial Day concert

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Jessica Sanchez and Chris Daughtry perform at the annual National Memorial Day Concert

"American Idol" season 11 finalist Jessica Sanchez sings "The Star Spangled Banner" at the National Memorial Day Concert, at the West Lawn of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, May 27, 2012. Screengrab from the PBS telecast.

MANILA, Philippines – “American Idol” alumni Jessica Sanchez and Chris Daughtry joined more than a dozen other performers in the annual National Memorial Day Concert in Washington DC on Sunday, May 27 (Monday, May 28 in Manila).

The concert, broadcast live from the US Capitol’s West Lawn, is staged annually on the eve of Memorial Day, a holiday honoring men and women who died serving in the US Armed Forces.

Sanchez opened the program with her singing the US national anthem, “The Star Spangled Banner,” and later sang “The Prayer,” one of her trademark songs from “Idol.”

Daughtry and his band, DAUGHTRY, performed their song “Home” during the show, as a welcome to US troops coming home from war.

The two “Idol” alumni joined several A-list performers and guests in the show, including General Colin Powell, Natalie Cole, Trace Adkins, Selma Blair, Ellen Burstyn, Dennis Franz, Russell Watson, and the National Symphony Orchestra (under the direction of Jack Everly).

The show also featured several military performing groups, including the US Army Herald Trumpets, and the US Army Chorus, the Soldiers’ Chorus of the US Army Field Band, the US Navy Band Sea Chanters, and the US Air Force Singing Sergeants.

Daughtry band frontman Chris Daughtry sings "Home" at the National Memorial Day Concert, at the West Lawn of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, May 27, 2012. Screengrab from the PBS telecast.

TV and movie stars Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise, both advocates of causes for veterans and active troops, co-hosted the show, which was broadcast live nationwide via PBS and the American Forces Network to troops overseas.

The show, already considered an annual tradition, has been broadcast for 23 years now.

It is Sanchez’s first performance since the “Idol” finale, where she lost the grand prize to Phillip Phillips. – Rappler.com

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