Gary Sinise – the actor who graced the silver screen as Lt. Dan in the Oscar-winning film Forrest Gump – has worked diligently to recognize and support military veterans, first responders, and their family members for decades. In celebration of his new book, Grateful American, Sinise’s friends came out in droves to acknowledge all he has done.
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Fellow actors, friends, and veterans and first responders who benefitted from and appreciate Sinise’s efforts came together to create a surprise tribute video for him, recognizing all he has done during his years of service work.
“Your commitment, your dedication, you are awesome,” said Ron Howard, who directed Sinise in Apollo 13.
“Thank you for all the things you have done for our men and women who have served our nation,” Gen. Colin Powell added. “Not only what you’ve done for them but for their children, what you’ve done for their families, what you’ve done to help them rebuild their lives.”
According to a report by People, war veterans, family members of military members, and first responders also shared words of gratitude.
“As you can see we’re in front of this beautiful house right now,” said one of the veterans featured in the video, who was filmed standing in front of the home. “We wouldn’t have had it were it not for your kindness, graciousness and your wonderful gift of giving.”
Sinise’s Forrest Gump costar, Tom Hanks, also makes an appearance.
“Thanks, Lieutenant. Dan!” Hanks said with a smile.
The idea for the tribute came from the CEO of the Gary Sinise Foundation, retired Four-Star General Robin Rand. His goal was to celebrate and show appreciation for the actor’s four decades of service work.