The Friars Club will be hosting a special concert to honor the excellence, achievements, and strengths of veterans, as well as their military families. The Lincoln Awards recognizes these strong men and women who served the United States. On Jan. 6, 2015, this two-day award ceremony recognized and honored the nominees in 10 different categories. This award ceremony will be aired on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 9 p.m. MST. This event was an all-star concert post-award ceremony on day two. The award and concert ceremony will feature stars like Jack Black, Harry Belafonte, Leslie Moonves, Barbara Walters, Tom Cruise, Don Rickles, Betty White, Elie Wiesel, Bob Woodruff, and Brian Williams. The concert will take place at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts Concert Hall. The Lincoln Awards is a perfect fit to be remembered for the Memorial Day weekend.
The Lincoln Awards ceremony was joined together with Abraham Lincoln’s 150th anniversary of his second inaugural speech on Mar. 4, 2015. This program will be televised on primetime broadcast nationally. Therefore, from June 18 to August 18, the public submitted the choices for nominees on the event’s website. During this time, the Friars Foundation took the time to review the nominees and the selected official honorees were determined by the distinguished selection committee.
The purpose of the Lincoln Awards concert was to bring the country together as a whole with the entertainment community to help honor and celebrate the lives of the veterans and the military families. In hopes to portray these heroes not as good or evil, but as everyday American Citizens who work so hard to pass on the everyday values and traditions of this country. The Lincoln Awards ceremony is supposed to leave a mark so special that it will become an annual event to remember those who served in the United States military. NBC nighttime anchor Brian Williams was supposed to participate in the Lincoln Awards Ceremony, but was taken off the list.
NBC nighttime anchor Brian Williams was supposed to participate in the Lincoln Awards Ceremony, but was taken off the list recently due to his recent six-month suspension. Williams’ presentation was edited out and replaced by an introduction speech by First Lady Michelle Obama. Williams voluntarily had taken himself of the presentation list because he did not want to be a distraction at this very important event.
The Lincoln Awards are a perfect fit for this Memorial Day weekend celebration. As this award ceremony is intended to celebrate those who support the veterans and the military families. The concert will include other well-known stars such as Jerry Lewis, Nick Jonas, and Gavin DeGraw, as well as many other entertainers. Ten corporations and individuals will receive the Lincoln Award.
Many honorees will be presented an award. One of the recipients is Bruce Springsteen for his music and charity work. Another award recipient was Dean Karmen for his major developments in prosthetics for amputees. For his work with helping provide shelter for families of hospitalized military veterans, CEO Ken Fisher of Fisher House Foundation was also announced an honoree. The goal is to honor the companies and individuals, whether they are celebrities or just those individuals who come to support the veterans and their families, who take time out of their day to do it.
The intention is to make this ceremony special and show appreciation as well as honor for those who contribute to help veterans and military families. The success of the Lincoln Awards ceremony will hopefully be appreciated. Then, it will become an annual tradition for the many years and decades to come. The Lincoln Awards ceremony is a perfect fit for this Memorial Day weekend. An evening of recognition and appreciation for all that the veterans do for this country.
By Elina Brik
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