Kathie Lee Gifford to Honor the Fallen
The Christian actress and screenwriter will host a virtual parade on Memorial Day.
Kathie Lee Gifford, former co-host of the Today show's fourth hour, is teaming up with the genealogy company Ancestry to honor American servicemen and women who lost their lives in wartime. This year's holiday will also commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, making it quite a day.
The coronavirus and so-called social distancing mean the actual parades the nation is accustomed to will not go forward, so this event, dubbed the Parade of Heroes, will be a strictly on-line affair. That is not, however, dampening Gifford's enthusiasm for saluting the troops.
This is something she cares about deeply for personal reasons: her father served in the navy for 20 years and she lost an uncle and a step-grandfather during WWII. In an interview with Fox News, Gifford says she was "so honored" to be asked to take part.
"I just have always been extraordinarily grateful for people's service. I always say, 'And thank you for your service.' I mean, being locked down so much in these last couple of months, I think people understand how precious our freedom is...it's got the word 'free' in it, but somebody had to fight for that, for us to have it."
In addition to Gifford, the event will feature appearances from other celebrities, including Christian actor Mario Lopez and Christian singer Tori Kelly, as well as inspiring interviews from military veterans. You can watch the Parade of Heroes live on Ancestry's Facebook page Monday, May 25th, starting at 11:00 AM EDT/8:00 AM PDT. And if you'd like to check out the full Fox News story on Gifford, you can find it via this link to their website.