Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band host free concert on Fort Bragg
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FORT BRAGG--Gary Sinise and the Lieutenant Dan Band took the stage Friday excited to entertain and give back to our men and women in uniform.
"The music is really just part of an overall mission to give back to the military, I probably play 40 shows a year and 35 of them are some sort of military, USO, or on the bases or in the hospitals or military charities or something like that and its really just become a part of my life that I enjoy,” said Gary Sinise.
Sinise and the band have been touring since 2004. They play 30 to 40 shows a year, with 75 percent of those shows for the USO, military charities, and benefits.
Sinise said each one of those shows is different. He says shaking the hands of veterans, men and women in uniform and meeting their families reminds him how important it is for us to never forget their sacrifices they have made for our country.
"Just the thought of them coming home and having the country ignore them or turn their back or treat them badly was very troubling and I wanted to do my part to make sure, they know, hey, you are appreciated what you are doing, its not going unnoticed and we don't take it for granted,” said Sinise.
And for some at Friday night' concert, they said its comforting knowing a celebrity like Gary Sinise recognizes the Unites States military and the sacrifices they make.
"I think its just a breath of fresh air that he is willing to do this and show his support and its something that needs to be done, they need to be appreciated for their service,” said Katie Gushen, a military wife.
"Its refreshing to know that they support us and back us every way they can, especially since he is a busy guy and he takes time out of his life to come and show that he appreciates us,” said Sgt. 1st Class Gerald Crist.
And Sinise said if he can leave the crowd in attendance going home knowing how much they are appreciated, his mission is complete.
"That's what this is all about, just me showing up to say thank you, to show my appreciation, to give people a fun evening and to leave them feeling good when I go, and to let them know that what they do isn't forgotten,” said Sinise.