This year, HBO in partnership with Starbucks is honoring the men and women who serve in our country’s military with The Concert for Valor, a first-of-its-kind event taking place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., at 7 p.m. ET on Veterans Day, November 11.
Presented live on HBO, the network is also giving its affiliates the option to open their signal, which will allow nonsubscribers to view the unique event. This isn't the first time HBO has done this – for example, The Inaugural Concert and the documentary Addiction were also made available in this way.
The goal for the concert is to raise awareness for veterans service organizations dedicated to education, wellness, reemployment and reintegration, and ensure that veterans and their families know that their fellow Americans’ gratitude is genuine. The concert will feature talent from the worlds of music and entertainment, including Eminem, Jamie Foxx, Dave Grohl, Metallica, John Oliver, Rihanna, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood and Zac Brown Band, and include special appearances by Meryl Streep, Hanks and Steven Spielberg.
“We are honored to play a small role to help raise awareness and support for our service men and women," said HBO CEO Richard Plepler in a press release. "Their immeasurable sacrifice deserves our nation’s gratitude. This event will not only celebrate their service, but help remind Americans of the many challenges they face on and off the battlefield. We are delighted to join with Starbucks in our mutual effort to pay tribute to our veterans and those who are currently serving in the military.”
The free concert is executive produced by Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks and Joel Gallen. Hanks, who devoted his time and talent to support the construction of the World War II Memorial, has, with Goetzman, executive produced such projects as the Emmy-winning HBO miniseries The Pacific, Band of Brothers and John Adams, as well as the HBO music specials The 25th Anniversary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert and the recent 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, both of which were directed by Gallen.