Today's TV Week gives an incorrect site for the July 4 concert to honor Vietnam veterans. Since TV Week was printed, the site has been moved to the Capital Centre in Landover. (Published 6/28/87)

"Welcome Home," the biggest July 4th celebration on television, will take place Saturday afternoon in Washington's RFK Stadium and will be shown at 9 on Home Box Office pay-TV service. The show features an array of stars in a four-hour salute to America's Vietnam veterans.

"Welcome" is one of several televised Fourth of July presentations airing that day, including the traditional National Symphony Orchestra concert from the west lawn of the Capitol and fireworks display on the mall.

HBO producer Ken Ehrlich said so many performers have agreed to take part in the Vietnam veterans' salute that "it has the makings of being this year's Live Aid." The man who has produced "Fame" and the last eight Grammy Awards telecasts promised: "It's going to be a very exciting day. And you can't find a more significant day for a show like this."

Singers James Brown, Richie Havens, Ben E. King and John Sebastian and comedians George Carlin and Blake Clark recently joined Anita Baker, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Peter Fonda, John Fogerty, the Four Tops, James Ingram, Kris Kristofferson, Ricardo Montalban, John Ritter, Linda Ronstadt and Jon Voight in the show's lineup. Neil Diamond, who has his own concert on Friday and Saturday nights at Merriweather Post Pavillion, will also appear. Others are expected to join the list before "Welcome Home" kicks off at 1:30 for a four-hour program (to be edited to three hours for HBO).

The show borrows its title from California-based Welcome Home, Inc., a nonprofit support organization created to honor America's Vietnam veterans through awareness campaigns, fund-drives for veterans' organizations dependent upon public donations, and assistance to under-financed programs for those organizations.

A 24-hour, toll-free number (1-800-USA-1987) has been established for donations. Welcome Home president and organizer Joey Talley said she "hopes this event will continue to generate recognition for the Vietnam veteran."

Ehrlich said, "All performers have a very special reason for being on the show. They feel deeply on this issue and want to make something happen."

Voight, who won a 1979 Oscar for his portrayal of a Vietnam vet in "Coming Home," tells this story: "In April I was given this little medallion that was given out after World War II to the guys coming off the ships. The medallion said, 'Welcome Home, your country is grateful.' That's simply what we didn't give these guys."

Ehrlich believes that a sense of national guilt has built up about the way Americans treated Vietnam veterans. "People took out some personal feelings they had about the war on these guys because it was easier than taking it out on the government," he said. "Now the time has come to right that wrong, and this show is a step we can take. The cause is just. The cause is right. There's a lot of emotional attachment to the show. We hope it comes through."

HBO will have 11 cameras at RFK Stadium, where the promoters expect a lot of Vietnam veterans to be in the crowd. "We want to make sure we can send home as much as we can of what's going on in the stadium, and the interaction of the {people on} stage and the audience."

Ehrlich, producer of several HBO and Cinemax specials including productions featuring Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Liza Minnelli and Phil Collins, added that the audience can expect "some surprises. When you do a live show, you can't be certain of what will happen. Live TV is spontaneous. Our approach is to allow for it to happen."

Much of the music will be songs firmly associated with the late '60s and early '70s, such as Kristofferson's "Why Me?" Ehrlich noted that the song became an anthem for young people protesting the war.

Voight, Ritter and other celebrities who do not play or sing will "be around to lead us through the day, as well as carry us foward," Ehrlich said.

The show's potential viewing audience and the millions of dollars the sponsors hope to raise increased in mid-June when The Nashville Network dropped plans to televise four hours of Willie Nelson's annual Fourth of July picnic. TNN said the promoters of the Nelson bash, which will be piped into stadiums and arenas around the country, wanted the cable station to take the stadium television feed. But TNN declined. "We felt the quality would not be suitable for a television production up to our viewers' standard," a spokesman said. "We decided to drop it when we were denied permission to set up our own crews."

ABC and WETA will also present an evening of special holiday programming.

Oprah Winfrey and Robert Urich will co-host ABC's three-hour "A Star-Spangled Celebration" from the St. Louis Arch beginning at 8. Stars scheduled to appear on the show, which will be taped Friday night, are Tony Bennett, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Bernadette Peters, Suzanne Somers, Chubby Checker and the Wildcats, Yakov Smirnoff, Dwight Yoakam, Peter Pit and Jennifer Holliday.

This special also has a serious purpose, to boost the efforts of PLUS (Project Literacy U.S.), part of a joint venture by ABC and PBS to combat adult illiteracy. Also appearing will be Barbara Bush, wife of the vice president and a prominent supporter of efforts to eradicate illiteracy among 20 milllion Americans who can't read or write above the fourth-grade level.

Glimpses of Fourth of July celebrations around the country, including San Diego, Dallas and Nashville, are included in the ABC celebration.

WTEA will begin with "A Capitol Fourth" at 8. Channel 26 has been televising the National Symphony Orchestra concert on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol since 1981, two years after this popular series began. The final 10 minutes of the 90-minute program will again blend into the start of the fireworks display from the grounds of the Washington Monument.

New Yorker James Conlon, music director of the Rotterdam Symphony, will be the guest conductor. He will share the baton with special guest composer Marvin Hamlisch. E.G. Marshall will again serve as host. Other special guests include: Washington native Roberta Flack, flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal and Metropolitan Opera tenor Jon Vickers.

At 9:30, WETA will show "A Boston Pops Fourth" with John Williams and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra. This 90-minute special will be televised live from the banks of the Charles River in Boston. Special guest Johnny Cash will premiere his own composition, "The Spirit of '76." Other features include fireworks, cannons, Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" and a salute to John Philip Sousa, rounding out the festivities with "Stars and Stripes Forever."

At 11, Channel 26 will show "The Making of Liberty," a one-hour documentary on the Statue of Liberty's design, construction and recent restoration.