Gary Sinise Honors Service Members Killed in Afghanistan With Emotional Tribute
By Movieguide® Staff
Actor Gary Sinise, best known for his role as Lt. Dan Taylor in the 1994 movie FORREST GUMP, shared a video on Twitter in honor the United States service members killed and wounded in the recent suicide bombings in Afghanistan.
The actor, who is also the founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation, is passionate about the support and honoring of military personnel, first-responders and their families.
Sinise captioned the short clip on Twitter, “In honor of the lives lost today.”
In the video, Sinise lowered the US flag to half-staff.
“In honor of the 12 Marines [and] one Navy corpsman that we lost today in Afghanistan, the 15 wounded and everybody who is serving over in Afghanistan, God bless you,” Sinise said on Aug. 26. “We pray for you and your families. We pay tribute to all our fallen. We will never forget. Be safe. God bless all those serving and harm’s way. God bless our gold star families.”
The video has since gone viral, with over 1.4M views on Twitter.
MEAWW reported: “Shortly after Sinise’s tribute, the number of confirmed US military personnel deaths in the aforementioned attacks was updated to 13. According to Breitbart News, the twin suicide bombings outside Hamid Karzai International Airport and the Baron Hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan claimed at least 170 lives, including 13 US service members, and wounded another 150 people on Thursday, August 26.”
Actress Patricia Heaton and others thanked Sinise for his unabashed support of the US military and their sacrifice.
“Thank you @GarySinise and God Bless our military,” Heaton tweeted.
— Patricia Heaton (@PatriciaHeaton) August 27, 2021
“Thank you brother @GarySinise,” Joe Bonsall responded to Sinise’s post.
“You’re the best,” congressional candidate Buzz Patterson added.
You’re the best.
— Buzz Patterson (@BuzzPatterson) August 27, 2021
Movieguide® previously reported on Sinise’s various organizations:
Sinise has brought the Lt. Dan Band to major war zones to inspire American troops, and it makes the actor all the more grateful for American freedom.
“I’ve stood on the border between North and South Korea several times,” Sinise says in an interview with Fox News. “They’re free in the South and slaved enslaved in the North. You value your freedom that much more when you value that people have provided for you, and that’s the men and women of the United States military. That’s why I started my foundation. I want to support them in every way I can. Because freedom is precious, and it has to be fought for, it has to be protected. Independence from a tyranny has to be fought for and protected and I thank God for the men and women who are willing to do that and I just want to help them out.”
Sinise says his appreciation for the military actually really took off after he took the part of Lt. Dan.
“I ended up playing the Vietnam veteran in Forrest Gump and, and, at that time, I had done very little,” Sinise says. “I just hadn’t hadn’t worked in the movie or television business for very long at all when I started going out and visiting troops around the world and going to the hospitals. Most of them didn’t know who I was, but they knew Lieutenant Dan and they knew my face from the movie. So when I started taking the band with me on these tours, I just said, let’s call it Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band. They’ll at least know that the guy played the character is coming to see him. And since then, we’ve played hundreds of concerts.”