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Published on August 16th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band to perform USO Concert for Soldiers at Fort Jackson

FORT JACKSON, S.C. – Actor/humanitarian Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band will perform a free USO concert for Soldiers at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at Hilton Field on Fort Jackson.

The concert, sponsored by the USO and Gary Sinise Foundation, is free and open to all DoD cardholders with valid ID cards, veterans and their family members. American Airlines, the official airline sponsor of the Gary Sinise Foundation, and Envoy Air, Inc. are also sponsors for the event.

Food and drink concessions will be available at Hilton Field starting at 4 p.m. Pets, grills, alcoholic beverages, firearms, and personal fireworks of any type are not permitted, and coolers are not allowed in the bleachers. Any unattended items will be subject to confiscation and/or destruction by military police.

For the safety of our Soldiers, guests and Military Working Dogs, Service Animals (for the blind, disabled, etc.) are the only animals allowed on Hilton Field. Please do not bring your pets.

For the past decade, Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band have brought live performances to the nation’s service members and their families all around the world. Whether boosting morale on military bases at home and abroad, the band entertains, educates, inspires and builds communities with their live show. They cover everything from classics to contemporary songs and much more, to include Pop, Rock, Blues, Motown, Soul, Country, even tunes from the 1940s big band era.

“Lieutenant Dan” is the character Sinise portrayed in the 1994 film “Forrest Gump, “a role for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. As Sinise began visiting troops around the world, people would recognize him as “Lt. Dan.” Those in the military also seem to identify strongly with the character. And so the name for his group was an easy choice: Lt. Dan Band.

His endless work on behalf of those who’ve served has earned Sinise many distinguished awards including The Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment from the Medal of Honor Society, the Spirit of the USO Award, The Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Spirit of Hope Award by the Department of Defense, and most recently the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award from the National Defense Industrial Association. In 2008 he received the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian honor awarded to citizens for exemplary deeds performed in service of the nation, only the third actor ever to receive this honor. He was named an Honorary Chief Petty Officer by the United States Navy and an Honorary Marine by the United States Marine Corp.

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