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Joe Mantegna knows well that honoring America's veterans involves more than just a couple of days each year.

The "Criminal Minds" star and "Glengarry Glen Ross" Tony Award winner frequently visits military hospitals, in addition to filling his now-traditional role co-hosting PBS' annual National Memorial Day Concert with friend and equally committed soldier supporter Gary Sinise ("CSI: NY"). The two actors have an extra chance to show their appreciation this year, since on Veterans Day, they preside over the inaugural "National Salute to Veterans" special Sunday (Nov. 11) on PBS.

"It's not like we're just doing an entertainment show," Mantegna stresses to Zap2it. "The nature of the Memorial Day concert is that it calls attention to the support and recognition of our military, so the fact that we can do this for Veterans Day is timely and important, I think."

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