Gary Sinise Receives Patriot Award At Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

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Gary Sinise Receives Patriot Award At Ronald Reagan Presidential Library

By Tess Farrand, Associate Content Editor

Veteran advocate and actor Gary Sinise received the Patriot’s Award from The Congressional Medal of Honor Society at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, this month.

This is the highest civilian accolade from The Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

Sinise founded the Gary Sinise Foundation after his role in FORREST GUMP inspired him to care for veterans. According to the foundation’s website:

 At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.

We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.

One of Sinise’s noteworthy veterans programs is actually for their families.

This past Christmas, Sinise held his annual Snowball Express, which takes dozens of families of fallen warriors, known as gold star families,  to DisneyWorld.

 

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In a day that began with a parade down Main Street U.S.A. at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, alongside Gary Sinise to the fanfare and applause of Disney cast members and many others inside the Magic Kingdom, Gary Sinise Foundation Snowball Express families were treated to a rocking concert that evening put on by Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band. Children of fallen military heroes and their parents danced and celebrated the night away after having explored much of the Magic Kingdom Park that afternoon. Smiles and laughter combined with tears of happiness and loss as the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation’s freedom while serving in uniform were honored and remembered. As GSF SBE families depart Orlando today for home aboard our partner, @americanair, they leave with newfound friendships and sweet memories never to be forgotten. Thanks to the support and charity of so many, the magic of GSF SBE families’ whirlwind Disney adventure will never fade away. #SBEGSF #SnowballExpress

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Sinise is also a man of Christian faith and is gearing up for his new faith-based movie I STILL BELIEVE with KJ Apa and Shania Twain.

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