Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna reteam May 26 to host the 30th annual National Memorial Day Concert, live from the lawn of the U.S. Capitol (8 p.m. ET on PBS). Continue the celebration with some of our favorite Hollywood films that honor Americans who fought for our freedoms.
The Longest Day (1962)Much of Hollywood-including John Wayne, Robert Wagner, Peter Lawford and Henry Fonda-enlisted for this epic war film about the Allies' D-Day landings at Normandy during World War II.
M*A*S*H (1970) The Korean War is the setting for a group of memorable characters who serve at a fictional Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH).
Platoon (1986) Director Oliver Stone's Oscar-winning anti-Vietnam War film starred Charlie Sheen, Tom Berenger, Willem
Dafoe and Johnny Depp.
Glory (1989) Denzel Washington won his first Oscar for this drama, also starring Morgan Freeman, about an African American regiment that fought for the Union during the Civil War.
Courage Under Fire (1996) Meg
Ryan is U.S. Army Capt. Karen Walden, a helicopter pilot whose actions following a crash during Operation Desert Storm are questioned by an officer (Denzel Washington) investigating the incident.
Saving Private Ryan (1998) Tom Hanks led the cast-and the charge-in director Steven Spielberg's five-Oscar-winning WW II drama.
Flags of Our Fathers (2006) Clint Eastwood directed and scored this film about the Marines and Navy corpsmen who raised the American flag in the 1945 Battle of Iwo Jima.
Julianna Margulies Has a Thing About Germs
Starring in Nat Geo's six-part series The Hot Zone (May 27), about the true story of the Ebola virus' arrival on U.S. soil in 1989, had an effect on Margulies, 52. She plays the U.S. Army scientist who headed off an outbreak before it spread to the human population. "I definitely wash my hands more and am very aware of what I'm touching," says the former star of The GoodWife.
Gordon Ramsay Turns Up the Heat
To kick off its milestone 10th season, celebrity chef Ramsay returns to the Master Chef kitchen (May 29 on Fox) to put a new batch of home cooks through their paces. The restaurant biz can be tough-and Ramsay can be a tough judge. Contestants "get both sides of me-brutally honest and super supportive," he says. Go to
Parade.com/ramsay for a sneak peek.