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Bravo, Lt. Dan Band: Gary Sinise on USO Tour, Headlines Free Concerts for US Troops, Park Renovation Project

Posted By on August 9, 2009

Actor and lead band member Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band performing at the Pentagon

Actor and lead band member Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band performing at the Pentagon

Sometimes the news isn’t all bad… and sometimes an A-list star in television isn’t a pampered, narcissistic, left-wing extremist denouncing our country, embracing dictators, and bashing our military.

Gary Sinise is emerging as a strong, respected proponent of American values and support of our military. He has denounced the one-sided statist views and negative depictions of our military in films. He has been involved in humanitarian projects to help the children of Iraq and his band, the Lt. Dan Band, has performed at West Point and the Pentagon. Sinise also recently returned from Korea and Okinawa where his Lt. Dan Band did an eight-show USO tour.

Like I said earlier, sometimes the news isn’t all bad…

From Chicago Daily Herald:

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band set to rock for a good cause at Cantigny
July 17, 2009

Actor Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band will return to Cantigny Park on Saturday evening to culminate a daylong Rockin For the Troops benefit celebration to assist Operation Support Our Troops-Illinois.

Proceeds from the event at 1S151 Winfield Road, near Wheaton, go toward compiling and sending care packages to our troops serving overseas.

The Daily Herald recently caught up with the “CSI: NY” star to talk about his passion for the cause, experiences on past USO tours and current projects.

Q. A lot of people talk about supporting our troops but you’ve taken it to heart. How did you get involved and why is it so important to you?

A. When we were attacked on Sept. 11 and we started deploying our troops to Afghanistan and Iraq, I just wanted to do something. So I started going on USO tours to show the troops they were supported and let them know we care about them.

I have veterans in my family and I have Vietnam veteran friends. I have been involved with Vietnam veterans groups over the years, so when we started sending our troops post 9/11 to war zones to chase bad guys, I just wanted to do what I could to let them know they were supported.

These are our volunteer defenders and without them we’d be a lot more vulnerable as a nation. Clearly there are people out there that are sworn to the destruction of the United States.

It’s very very important to always remember the privileges and freedoms we have in this country have been bought and paid for by many, many military service members who have given their lives over the years for us.

There’s nothing that says the United States gets to be free, all for nothing. When you go around the world and you see the way a lot of other people live under dictatorships and oppressive police states, you have to ask, how did we get so lucky that we happen to live here and someone else ended up in North Korea?

We have defenders out there that have sacrificed a lot for us and they continue to do so.

As a civilian, what can I do to help? Well, I have some celebrity and showing up on a USO tour to shake some hands and sign some autographs or play some music is one way I can help support them.

This week, Sinise is helping out in Denver with their park renovation project.

Gary Sinise headlines free concert in Denver park
Associated Press, Denver

August 8, 2009

“CSI: New York” star Gary Sinise is headlining a free concert aimed at bringing attention to renovation efforts at Denver’s Civic Center Park.

Sinise says the recent renovation of Millennium Park in Chicago, where he is from, inspired him to want to play the concert Saturday for the nonprofit Civic Center Conservancy.

“When they asked me to be a part of this, I jumped on it,” Sinise said.

Local band Opie Gone Bad opens for Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band, named after the character in the movie “Forrest Gump” that earned him an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor.

Conservancy officials say the concert’s goal is to make people aware of restoration and renovation efforts planned for the nearly 100-year-old park.

Additional reading:
Gateway Pundit: Awesome… FOX Sports NFL Crew Broadcasts From Afghanistan
Chicago Tribune: Gary Sinise speaks out in defense of military with ‘Brothers at War’
Blog 360: Gary Sinise: Protector of Children in Iraq & Military Supporter
Kurt Schlichter, Big Hollywood: HuffPo Writer Shows Us EXACTLY How the New Hollywood Blacklist Works
Hollywood Reporter, THR.com: Sinise on Patrol: One helping thousands
Iflove News: Gary Sinise defends the military against ‘one-sided’ filmmakers
Big Hollywood: GI Film Festival: Where Hollywood Fears to Tread
Michelle Malkin: Maj. Chris Galloway, R.I.P. and Remains of Scott Speicher ID’d and Let’s mourn the real American heroes and “I have the heart of a 21-year-old Army Ranger war hero beating in me.” and “We really are just focused on what lies ahead” and Show time: Troopathon 2009 is here! Final total: $600,000-plus! and Hero Worship and Another day, another troop smear and Honoring the heroes of Operational Detachment Alpha 3336, 3rd Special Forces Group and Memorial Day 2009: Giving thanks for those who made the ultimate sacrifice and The Oscars open thread…or NASCAR open thread; Update: Sicko loses; Hollywood uses the troops, gives lukewarm reception, then bashes them; Update: A Gulf War vet responds
A Solitary Conspiracy: Never forget the real heroes
Jeremy D. Boering, Big Hollywood: USO: How Hollywood Serves
Gary Graham, Big Hollywood: Troopathon 2009: Because They Serve
Get Clued: American Heroes: Sorry, MJ, You Don’t Measure Up!
Ned Rice, Big Hollywood: Can Andrew Breitbart Save Hollywood?
The Patriot’s Mind: A True American Hero – Navy Petty Officer Mike Monsoor
Road2Recovery, Big Hollywood: Profiles in Courage: Army Spouse Edition

Robert J. Avrech, Big Hollywood: Flashback: Hollywood Celebrates American Military Resolve
Ben Stein, American Spectator: America’s Cross
Pam Meister, Big Hollywood: Bono’s Classless Act – Endorsed by ‘The Won’
Just Americans Making Ethical Statements Weblog: Honoring Our Heroes
Frugal Café Blog Zone: Hollywood Patriot: CSI NY’s Gary Sinise Supports Military Wounded & Children of Iraq and Save Money Filling Troop Care Packages: 2009 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Calendars 99 Cents and Hollywood Angst: Country Music’s Toby Keith Claims Celebrities Fear Peer Backlash for Support of Military and ‘Star Trek’ Cast Meets Our Real Heroes: US Military Deployed in Kuwait, Iraq and Fake Democrat Astro-turf Protesting: Is Code Pink “Too-Well Dressed”? Or Just “Too Pink”? Only Sen. Babs Boxer Knows for Sure… and Americans, Never Lose Sight of Our Heroes and Our Nation’s Greatness
GayPatriot: Outing Republicans: Formula for Hollywood Success
Burt Prelutsky, Big Hollywood: Where Are Liberals Hatched?
Gary Graham, Big Hollywood: Troopathon 2009: Because They Serve
Brigadier General Anthony J. Tata, Big Hollywood: Hollywood Heroes: Boots On the Ground Report
Ben Shapiro, Big Hollywood: ‘Humanly Impotent’: The Musings of Sean Penn and What Would the Media Say if Obama’s Frequent Hollywood Guests Were Oil Execs?
Robert Davi, Big Hollywood: Burnt Offerings: Teaching Our Children — Pride in Going Red, White and Blue

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