Who doesn’t love actor, director and musician Gary Sinise? This man has stood as an advocate of our military for over 40 years.
He used to offer Vietnam Veterans dinners and performances at the Steppenwold Theatre in Chicago back in the ’80’s.
He continued his commitment into the ’90’s working with Disabled Veterans. After September 11th, 2001 his dedication to our nation’s veterans and military has become a crusade for Sinise.
After his portrayal of Lt. Dan Taylor in the Tom Hanks film Forrest Gump, Sinise formed an connection with servicemen and women. He continued with USO tours in 2003, and formed the “Lt. Dan Band” in early 2004. He began entertaining troops serving at home and abroad. The band now performs close to 30 shows a year for military bases, charities and fundraisers supporting wounded heroes, Gold Star families, veterans and troops around the world.
Recently Gary Sinise honored 27 World War II veterans by flying them from California to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans so they could tell their stories for posterity.
According to WGNO-TV, the activity this week was all part of the Gary Sinise Foundation’s “Soaring Valor” program.
Sinise, who played Lt. Dan in the movie “Forrest Gump,” started the foundation to honor those, both past and present, who are serving or have served in the United States military.
While at the World War II museum, veterans had a chance to tell their stories of service.
“There’s never been a more devastating war in human history than what happened in World War II. We have these living, breathing libraries of history,” Sinise said. “We want to spend as much time with them as we can.”
KATC-TV reported that the “Soaring Valor” program is an annual event and is attended by museum historians who are eager to record the accounts of those who served in World War II in order to preserve the information for future generations.
Sinise understands the importance of preserving this important piece of history. While the atrocities of World War II are well documented in history books, many forget to tell the stories of those who fought in the brutal war on the ground level.
Sinise is not only known for this exceptional program, but also his constant dedication to all those who serve the United States.
The Whidbey News Times explained that Sinise’s mission to help U.S. service members began after the 9/11 attacks of 2001.
Since then, Sinise has traveled all over the United States and abroad with his 12-piece band, playing shows for active military members and veterans.
He also heads various programs that remodel homes for military members, give equipment to first responders and provide mobility devices for injured soldiers.
Sinise has some advice for those who want to help those within their own communities.
“I have a public platform, but you don’t have to be a celebrity. Just look in your neighborhood. Start there,” Sinise urged.
“Maybe someone you know has been struggling, struggling in silence and they don’t want to reach out. Reach out to them,” he continued.
Actor Gary Sinise is a fine example of a dedicated and patriotic American.
In March, Sinise was selected to receive the 2017 George Catlett Marshall Medal, the highest award for public service given out by the Council of Trustees of the Association of the United States Army.
In his statement from Breitbart, Sinise said,
“It has been a great blessing to know there is something I can do to support the men and women in uniform who defend our nation and I will look forward to expressing my gratitude in person at the Marshall Dinner.”
Earlier Sinise stated in his address to the soldiers and their families at the 445th Air Wing’s Hanger 4016 at Wright-Patterson AFB,
‘We can never do enough for our veterans’.
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Thank you so much for all you do! God Bless you and God Bless all our veterans and service personnel!
On this Veterans Day I hope you will honor and respect all those who have served and our serving in our military! We owe our freedom and liberties to those military personnel who protect us and our freedoms each and every day!
God Bless Our Military!