Forrest Gump character inspired band, led by Lt. Dan himself is all set to perform at Fort Sill for free on Saturday, April 23.
It has been over 20 years since this man; Gary Sinise played the role of Lt. Dan Taylor in Academy Award-winning, iconic movie, “Forrest Gump”, but his character Lt. Dan is still alive with the 14 member band.
Since 2003, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band have traveled around the world performing for thousands of service members on military bases He is a supporter of various veteran organizations, both personally and through the Lt. Dan Band.
On an interview with ABC 7 news, Sinise was asked, "It seems like you've really taken over in his footsteps there. Why do you want to do so much for our nation's veterans?”
He said, "It all kind of starts right there with the veterans in my own family and most particularly Vietnam veterans. When I played Lt. Dan, I had been working the 80s with the Vietnam veterans. It was apparent that our Vietnam veterans did not receive the welcome home they deserved. They were crapped on and it was a bad time for our nation the way we treated our veterans and I did not want that to happen again to our currently serving active duty folks going to Iraq or Afghanistan. I just started volunteering to make sure they knew they were appreciated and that all kind of manifested into my foundation, the Gary Sinise Foundation."
The band has been aiming towards honoring the active-duty and retired service members. The concert at Fort Sill will be free for members of the armed services and Department of Defense employees and their family and friends.
The Lt. Dan Band usually plays covers of songs by artists like Stevie Wonder, the Dave Matthews Band, The Who, Florida Georgia Line and Bruno Mars. Their elective list will make up to every inch of your expectation. See you there!