"Bob Hope entertaining the troops on a USO tour in 1943."

Bob Hope
Beginning in 1941 and continuing for half a century, Bob Hope headlined 57 USO tours, entertaining U.S. military men and women serving in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and the first Gulf War and more. Some of these shows were at the front lines. Nine shows were in Vietnam and many at Christmas time. He was deeply proud of this work supporting the troops and when President Bill Clinton named him an honorary veteran in 1997, Hope responded, "I've been given many awards in my lifetime – but to be numbered among the men and women I admire most – is the greatest honor I have ever received."


Joe Mantegna

Joe Mantegna at the National Memorial Day Concert which he has been involved with since 2002
Photo Courtesy of Joe Mantegna

On left Offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, right, Head Coach John Harbaugh
Photo Courtesy of the Baltimore Ravens

Joe Mantegna is a Chicago native who studied acting at the Goodman School of Drama at DePaul University. He made his stage debut in 1969 and his film debut in 1977. Since then he has appeared in over 100 films including “Searching for Bobby Fisher”, “The Godfather Part III”, “Celebrity”, “Forget Paris” and “Liberty Heights” to name a few.

No stranger to television, Joe has appeared in many television movies including award winning TV movies like “The Rat Pack”, The Last Don”, and “The Starter Wife”, of which he received Emmy Award nominations for all three. He currently stars in the CBS television series “Criminal Minds” as FBI Supervisory Special Agent David Rossi. Joe also is hosting and producing “Gun Stories” for the Outdoor Channel.

A true patriot Joe has been involved with the “National Memorial Day Concert” since 2002 and since 2005 as host. He now shares that honor with fellow actor Gary Sinise. The concert’s mission is to unite the country in remembrance and appreciation of the fallen and to serve those who are grieving.

He also supports “New Directions for Veterans” based in Los Angeles whose mission is to empower veterans and facilitate their successful return to families and society. In addition, Joe is the national spokesperson for the “US Army Museum”, an experience that engages visitors of all ages emotionally and intellectually in the Army’s history and heritage.

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