Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Lieutenant Dan!

You know Gary Sinse.

You've seen him as Lieutenant Dan in Forrest Gump.

You've seen him as astronaut Ken Mattingly in Apollo 13.

You've seen him as the bad cop who kidnapped Mel Gibson's son in Ransom.

But do you know who Gary Sinise really is?

Me either.

But I'll tell you a few things I do know about him.

He is an avid supporter of our military. He visited Bagram while Kerry was there last year. How many celebrities do you know of who visit war zones just to show the troops they are appreciated and not forgotten?

He's been married to the same woman since 1981. Since one year of marriage in Hollywood is equal to seven years in the rest of the world, that's like being married for two-hundred and three years!

He plays bass guitar in a band called "The Lieutenant Dan Band". This band performs on military bases all over the world. They perform for USO's and other charities.

And they gave a free concert here on Saturday night.

We almost didn't go. Ben and Emily had other plans already and the weather was looking like rain. But, oh, it was so worth it!

We ran into another family from our church there and all our girls danced and danced.

The band played a great mix of oldies, country, pop, rock, alternative, and some songs which are probably popular now, but I had never heard of them. They were still good songs though! I'm just not up on the latest music these days.

Kerry and Katie even worked in a father/daughter dance.

I tried to get up close to the stage to get some pictures, but there were a lot of people packed up around the stage, and I just couldn't get close enough for my little po-dunk camera to focus properly.

I wish Ben and Emily could have been there. They had an amazing violinist (fiddler) who played "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" which is the song that made Ben start taking violin (fiddle) lessons. More on that later.

In the mean time, THANK YOU to Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band for supporting our military!

1 comment:

  1. I am so glad to hear about him, and so glad you got to see his band. GG